Social Security office employees working without pay

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ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - A possible deal to end the shutdown is on the table, but some central Floridians are still protesting.

Federal government workers and union leaders rallied at the Social Security Administration office Wednesday.

Demonstrators gathered with signs and Channel 9's Deneige Broom asked what the Social Security office can and cannot do during the shutdown.

Social Security offices are considered essential, which is why so many people are still working without getting paid. Protestors said they are making sure they stand up for them.

The shutdown didn't send home workers in field offices around the country but it stopped their paychecks.

"We still provide the best service in the world as far as what we can do for the American people," protestor Jose Jiminez said.

There are still services they can't provide while Congress hashes things out, such as issuing Social Security cards and benefit verification letters.

"If a person needs a benefit verification letter to get their housing or information where their lease is concerned we're unable to service them," Jimenez said.

Wednesday's protest by federal workers and their supporters was to call attention to the financial strain of thousands who are sitting at home waiting to return to their jobs and the ones who are working for free.

"The middle class, the poor people, are the ones who suffer the most," protestor Naomi Soulet said.

Because of tighter wallets, federal workers said the shutdown will also hurt the local businesses they try to support.

"We service the community by going to the stores, going to the restaurants, we buy groceries and right now we can't do that," Jiminez said.

People are still inside the building every day. At this point they said they aren't sure when they might start getting paid again.