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Government Shutdown on Capitol Hill

"My team's in place because I thought they were essential for me to do my job, because my job now is to help get the government open," said Congressman John Delaney, D-Maryland, District 6.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The government is still shutdown, but Capitol Hill is still busy.

Even with rain pouring down Friday, people were in and out of government buildings, and congressional leaders were in their offices.

"My team's in place because I thought they were essential for me to do my job, because my job now is to help get the government open," said Congressman John Delaney, D-Maryland, District 6.

But just blocks away, barricades are up, preventing people from seeing sites so quintessentially D.C.

"We're stopping our veterans who are doing these honor flights. They're coming to Washington, D.C. to go to the memorial, and now I understand that they put barbed wire up to stop them from getting in. It's outrageous," said Congressman Bill Shuster, R-Pennsylvania, District 9.

The government shutdown closed parks locally, too, like the C&O Canal, and Antietam National Battlefield.

"I think that it's a way to inflict pain on regular citizens where it doesn't need to be inflicted," said Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia, District 2.

Some Government websites are also down for the count, leaving messages up, like “Sorry, we’re closed.” This leaves people without access to some information.

But Representative Delaney says these aren't the real issues.

"To me it’s just a reminder, we should not focus on some of the small, obvious things that we all think should be operational,” said Rep. Delaney.

Instead, he along with the other Representatives, Capito and Shuster, said they need to focus on getting a plan in place, and negotiate with the President to get government back open.
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