PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Family members affected by the partial government shutdown are cautiously celebrating.
On Friday night, hours after President Donald Trump signaled he would sign a bill to temporarily reopen the government, a group of U.S. Coast Guard wives met to celebrate with a cake.
The cake decorated with frosting in the Coast Guard’s colors said “The Government is open … for 3 weeks.”
“‘I don’t think the government is open,’ That is what [the cake decorator] said verbatum,” said Sydni Ward, whose husband serves in the Coast Guard. “We’re like, thank God.”
Teneshia Williams, whose husband also serves in the Coast Guard, said going from two incomes to one with a newborn, is tough.
“Just only having one income and having to definitely like, ‘OK we can’t get that type of stuff, or we have to cut back on this or cut back on that’,” Williams said. “Just hope it will stay done, so we can go back to living normal. ”
Williams and Ward are both nervous that the shutdown could happen again, so they aren’t getting their hopes up.