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When national events spiral out of control, it is not uncommon for people to reach out to their member of Congress. But good luck with that during the government shutdown.
Their government has failed to keep the doors open and has told federal workers to stay off the job as the political parties fight over spending and health care in austere times.
D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has deemed all District workers essential in order to keep local government services up and running even if the federal government would shut down.
Watch videos of some of Sen. Ted Cruz's statements on the Senate floor through Wednesday morning.
Hundreds of thousands of federal employees around the country could be furloughed if the federal government shuts down. But they're not the only ones whose jobs would be at risk. Federal contractors' jobs depend on the government operations too.
A Virginia congressman says Congress should vote before the U.S. would intervene in Syria and that the delay will allow the White House to build its case with Americans and the international community.
The father of Trayvon Martin came to Washington Wednesday to address members of the newly formed Congressional Caucus on Black Men and Boys.
Efforts that could literally change the landscape of the nation's capital are under way.