Local Businesses React to Government Shutdown

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Tuesday morning was a busy one at the “The Diner” in Daleville, but employee Patty Barrett does not know how long it will last.

“We wait on probably as many civilian workers that work on post as we do military,” said Barrett.

The number of furloughed Fort Rucker Civilians is expected to be in the thousands. With no end in sight, Barrett says it is putting many of her customers on hold.

The news is bad for business and bad for customers of “The Diner” and other area businesses.

“They time out when they are going to eat and when they get towards the end of the month, they stop going out to eat because their funds are getting low,” explained Barrett.

Even if a budget is passed, congress still has another hurdle. Debt ceiling details need to be figured out by Oct. 17.

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