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Government Shutdown: People react to shutdown coming to an end

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From federal workers to local businesses to tourists, a lot of people are breathing a sigh of relief over the shutdown's end.

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Take Asam Naveed, who works at a Suitland Shell owned by his family. It sits right across the street from the giant U.S. Census Bureau Offices.

We talked to Naveed Wednesday at a time when normally his station and store would have been filled with government employees who'd just gotten off work.

"This time is usually busy, because people finish work and get gas, groceries, everything," he said.

But while we interviewed him only a few customers drifted in and out.

Naveed says the store lost roughly $500 in business a day during the shutdown.

Others are happy the shutdown is ending, but also have mixed emotions.

"It's relief yes, but it's a lot higher concern than I had before," said furloughed EPA employee Steve Hopkins Wednesday night.

Hopkins says his concern stems from the fact that the deal only funds the government through January 15. He doesn't want to see a repeat of what's happened only three months from now.

"The message I'm going to take back to people and everybody that I can talk to is you need to be concerned about what's going down on the Hill," he said. "Don't tell me you can't do anything about it, so why worry about it? You better worry about it."

Meanwhile tourists are glad to see the shutdown end.

Wednesday night Adam Moulder of England had to look at the Lincoln Memorial from a distance as barricades still blocked him from going near the statue.

"It's been okay," Moulder said of his trip to Washington, which began late last week. "We can still walk around and see all the monuments, it's just a shame we can't go up close to some of them. We've got our fingers crossed that it'll be okay in the morning and hopefully we'll get in and see some of the things we haven't been able to so far."

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