Furloughed forest service fire captain says he’s ‘stressed out’ over shutdown
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A fire captain furloughed during the ongoing government shutdown said Thursday that scores of federal workers are "highly stressed out" as they face the prospect of going without pay.

U.S. Forest Service Fire Captain Mark Munoz said on CNN's "New Day" that he may file for unemployment or be forced to seek out another job if the shutdown continues.

"My message is come to an agreement. Come to some kind of common ground," Munoz said when asked about his message to lawmakers. "There’s a lot of workers out there right now that are highly stressed out and want to get back to work."


Munoz described it as a "hard two weeks" since he's been furloughed. He appeared Tuesday on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!", where the host has pledged to give one furloughed worker a job each night until the shutdown ends.

Hundreds of thousands of thousands of federal employees have been furloughed or required to work without pay as the partial government shutdown drags into 20 days and counting.

At the heart of the standoff is President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: 'I will not let Iran have nuclear weapons' Rocket attack hits Baghdad's Green Zone amid escalating tensions: reports Buttigieg on Trump tweets: 'I don't care' MORE's request for more than $5 billion in funding for his proposed wall along the southern border. Democrats have offered money for other border security measures, but refused to give funding for the wall.

Trump has pledged to declare a national emergency to construct the wall if no deal is reached with lawmakers. He has downplayed concerns over federal workers going without pay, claiming that many support his push for wall funding.