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Shutdown Keeps Researchers out of Lab

AMES, Iowa (KCCI) Two federal workers in Ames are angry about paying the price for congressional gridlock during the government shutdown.

Its awful, said Heather Allen, a scientist at the United States Department of Agriculture lab in Ames. Its incredibly maddening. I feel undervalued."

Allen and her co-worker Thad Stanton say the politicians are acting like 2-year-old children.

It reminds me of my pre-schooler and my kindergartener arguing and trying to get their own way, Allen said.

The lab in Ames is the largest in the country and designed to safeguard animal health and public health. The two scientists fear a $250,000 experiment on animal heat stress is likely rotting away.

We are forbidden to go in even as volunteers to do the work we do, Stanton said.

Im getting nervous about all of the experiments that are spoiled and all the deadlines that Im going to be behind on, Allen said.

The two scientists said the shutdown also has a personal toll -- they are not receiving paychecks.

Im the primary breadwinner, and so youre right. One missed paycheck is about all we can handle, Allen said.

The two are slightly encouraged by news of a possible end to the shutdown.

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