(WBIR - Oak Ridge) With Y-12 and the ORNL, Oak Ridge has a more vested interest in the future of the government shutdown, ending Wednesday night.
"There are people who got furloughed or almost got furloughed, and they have bills to pay," said Oak Ridge mayor Tom Beehan. "You have sense that people have been kind of hesitant about spending, about shopping, and I don't think that's fair to the workers."
Oak Ridge National Laboratory did not furlough any jobs, but was planning to cut some programs if the shutdown continued. Y-12 was preparing for what was described as an "orderly shutdown."
ORNL senior researcher Robert Hettich said his livelyhood depended on whether Congress could come up with a budget deal sooner, rather than later.
"There's project deadlines that are pretty unforgiving, so with this being indefinite -- that would've been something that could have been fairly complicated," Hettich said.
However, while there's a sense of relief for workers in these labs, outside the sites may be another story.
"There's been a little worry about what was going to happen. A lot of our customers come in and said this may be the last time if we lose our jobs..." Lee Randolph said; she and her husband own Dean's Restaurant and Bakery.
The couple put up a sign on the front window reading, "Members of Congress Not Welcome Here." She said this is to show dismay over the 16-day government squabble.
"General frustration -- not Democrat, Republican -- any member of Congress," Randolph added.
With a new deadline of January 15, 2014 to come up with a new budget, Randolph says she lost trust in the elected officials, and wonders what could happen to Oak Ridge if another shutdown happens in the future.
She said the sign will stay.
"Hopefully this will be straightened out, but you never know. Our sign is going to stay... and they are not welcome. If they come in, we'll ask them to leave," Randolph added.