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Visitors to the McCoy Federal Building were also frustrated when they found several agencies with their doors locked. Visitors to the McCoy Federal Building were also frustrated when they found several agencies with their doors locked.
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Across the country the first stages of a federal government shut down went into effect today. National Parks are closing, and some Federal employees are being sent home.

At the McCoy Federal Building in Jackson, just before noon, they came filing out, still wearing their ID badges; dozens of federal workers furloughed due to the shutdown. For now, no word on when they can return.

Visitors to the McCoy Federal Building were also frustrated when they found several agencies with their doors locked.

Lynn McQuarter says,  "I think it's real unnecessary," said Lynn McQuarter who was visiting the federal building. "I think the government should be able to do what it's supposed to do and function the way it's supposed to function not because of the reelection of Obama. That's people just being stubborn and not doing what they're supposed to do."

The Internal Revenue Service and the Social Security Administration are among those where just essential workers remained, with limited services for the public.  

"It was a waste of my day," said Veanter Fortner, who was trying to meet with someone about her Social Security. "I'm disappointed too because I need to take this to the food stamp place in order to keep getting my food stamps."

Some who couldn't get help in the Federal building say they hope they can find help online.

Members of the Mississippi National Guard are also facing furloughs. Public affairs spokesman Retired Lieutenant Colonel Tim Powell says there will be 2,244 furloughs. Those people will be Mississippi National Guard members, federal technicians, reimbursed state employees, students and others.

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