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As we head into the second week of the federal government shutdown, the restaurant and hospitality industry are complaining they are feeling the pinch.

Barbara Lang, President and CEO of the D.C. Chamber of Commerce says even worse, some federal contractors have had to totally shut down or lay off a lot of people.

DC Onboard Tours tells FOX 5 it is losing up to $3,000 a day since the shutdown began.

Jaime Andrews Fitness is a small company that serves 85 customers. Owner Andrews says she has lost four clients in the past week -- federal workers who needed to do some belt tightening because of the shutdown.

The chamber has emailed a letter to some 5,000 businesses in its database, asking them to pass it on to their representatives in Congress. The letter expresses shock and dismay at the shutdown, and calls on lawmakers to "stop the madness," end the shutdown and lift the debt ceiling.

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