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ALEXANDRIA, Va. -

Northern Virginia Congressman Jim Moran (D) convened a meeting of local business leaders to publicly ask them to cut federal workers who have been furloughed for more than two weeks some slack with their bills.

At the meeting, the president of the National Treasury Employees Union told Congressman Jim Moran some of her furloughed members are saving their money only for groceries and rent.

Colleen Kelley cited a survey of her off-the-job members: "Probably for me, one of the most disturbing numbers was 48 percent of them say they are delaying medical treatment because they're not sure they can pay those medical bills."

Moran asked the local business leaders what they could do. The president of Cardinal Bank said his institution is already implementing a kind of mortgage work-around for feds and anyone else trying to buy a home or condo.

Kevin Reynolds told the Congressman, “One of the issues in the mortgage process is [the need for paperwork from the] IRS. IRS is closed. So, we're working with our investors (on mortgages) to be sure to eliminate that requirement."

Furloughed feds who bought a Hyundai can temporarily skip payments. Kevin Reilly, of Alexandria Hyundai explained, "If you're financed through Hyundai Motor finance, and you're a furloughed employee, you don't have to make your payments. Your payments are deferred until you're back on the job."

Both major utility companies (Dominion Virginia and Washington Gas) urged customers who are on the verge of getting behind on their bills to call for assistance.

"Please, ask for help," recommended Gianna Clark of Dominion Virginia Power. "We have a lot of online programs. You can go online and so you've got your privacy ... go online and get extensions and payment plans."

Even though it appears that most feds will be going back to work shortly, they still may be late on payments as they catch up financially.

The key advice from the bankers and utility companies: call early and try to work out a payment plan before getting behind on bills.


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