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Business owners hurt by federal shutdown share concerns with Iowa congressman

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WEST BRANCH (KWWL) -

Reid's Beans in West Branch has been open since 2007. The owners say the business, along with most of the others in town, depends on tourists, tourists who come to town to visit the Herbert Hoover Presidential Museum and Library.

"It's a sector of the economy that has really supported this town to a great extent," said Johnathan Blundall, owner. "This last week it's been absent."

The museum has been closed since October 1st due to the federal government shutdown, and no staff and visitors here means less customers at the cafe.

The shop lost half of its business this week, so the owners called their congressman, Dave Loebsack. He stopped by Sunday to hear their concerns.

"This is unacceptable," said Loebsack.

The house is out of session until Monday afternoon, which is why Loebsack returned home to Iowa.

"I thought it would be the best thing for me to come home and address the people who are directly affected by this," said Loebsack.

While government workers are furloughed and parks and museums closed, members of congress can continue traveling on taxpayer dollars.

"Travel is paid for as a part of my job," said Loebsack.

It's so congressmen can continue meeting with their constituents. The owners of Reid's Beans were glad---they were tired of making phone calls. They wanted to know someone in Washington knew their situation.

"We work for ourselves, but we're, now we're going to have to spend our savings," said Laura Rierson, Owner. 

 

That could take a big toll on them if the government shutdown doesn't end soon. The profit from the cafe is the married couple's only source of income.

 

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