Signs taped to Senate doors
Further shutdown reading
- You probably saw this story elsewhere, but if you missed it: A group of World War II veterans decided they’d disregard the shutdown-mandated gates blocking access to their National Mall memorial on Tuesday. This upset no one.
- The Minnesota National Guard announced its furloughs: more than 1,200 civilian technicians are off the job until the shutdown lifts. Active-duty military personnel remain on the job, and are actually among the few government workers who will get paid during the shutdown.
- The New York Times looks at the Republican hard-liners who will oppose any shutdown bill that doesn’t go after Obamacare. Meanwhile, the Washington Examiner has an excellent piece looking at how this group of the GOP can dictate so much of the action in the House.
- And, on the other side, the Washington Post has a list of Republicans who say they’re ready to vote for a bill whether it has Obamacare provisions or not. Paulsen, who said last week he’d be willing to back a clean bill, is on the list; the Strib’s Kevin Diaz published an interview with him on Tuesday.
- Several lawmakers have said they’re foregoing pay during the shutdown, among them, according to WCCO’s Pat Kessler, Bachmann and Paulsen. Klobuchar, Franken and Rep. Tim Walz told WCCO they plan to donate theirs.
- The Atlantic wonders how the shutdown will end, and offers up some ideas …
- … But senators and aides warn the shutdown may persist for several weeks, pushing up to a deadline for raising the limit on federal debt.
- But at least there’s free beer, right?