The U.S. Is Stuck in Shutdown Mode For Another Day

Live updates on congressional and White House action to reopen the federal government.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., speaks to the media following a meeting with President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, at the White House on Oct. 2, the second day of the government shutdown.
National Journal
Marina Koren
Oct. 2, 2013, 5:48 a.m.

With the clock tick­ing away, there is still no end in sight for the first gov­ern­ment shut­down in 17 years. Ru­mors cir­cu­lated Wed­nes­day night that Pres­id­ent Obama and con­gres­sion­al lead­ers might reach a “grand bar­gain” that ties a solu­tion on the shut­down to an agree­ment on the debt ceil­ing, but an un­pro­duct­ive White House meet­ing between both sides squashed the idea for now.

The Sen­ate will con­vene Thursday at 10:30 a.m. The House passed two meas­ures Wed­nes­day night to con­tin­ue fund­ing the Na­tion­al In­sti­tutes of Health and the Na­tion­al Park Ser­vice, the Smith­so­ni­an In­stituion, and oth­er tour­ist at­trac­tions. Its mem­bers are ex­pec­ted to vote on three more, but Sen­ate Demo­crats are ex­pec­ted to kill all of them.

The debt ceil­ing will be reached on Oct. 17, after which the United States risks de­fault­ing on its bills for the first time in his­tory.

Here’s what happened on Day 2 of the gov­ern­ment shut­down.

Con­tri­bu­tions from Mi­chael Cata­lini, Nancy Cook, Billy House, Elahe Iz­adi, Ben Ter­ris and Matt Vasi­lo­gam­bros.

7:39 p.m. — House Passes Two “Mini” CRs

As the sun set over Wash­ing­ton, the House passed two if its five bills aimed at fund­ing some parts of the gov­ern­ment for the dur­a­tion of the shut­down. The bill to con­tin­ue fund­ing the Na­tion­al Park Ser­vice, the Smith­so­ni­an In­sti­tu­tion, the Na­tion­al Gal­lery of Art, and the Holo­caust Me­mori­al Mu­seum for the next fisc­al year passed by a 252 to 173 mar­gin. A bill to keep fund­ing the Na­tion­al In­sti­tutes of Health passed by a 254 to 171 mar­gin

Sen­ate Demo­crats, however, have vowed to strike down such a piece­meal ap­proach.

7:19 p.m. — The White House Meet­ing Is Over, Along With Any Hope for Quick Res­ol­u­tion

Con­gres­sion­al lead­ers left a White House meet­ing over the gov­ern­ment shut­down without an­noun­cing an agree­ment to re­open fed­er­al agen­cies.

House Speak­er John Boehner, R-Ohio, spoke briefly and took no ques­tions. He said he hoped that his Sen­ate col­leagues would be open to a con­ver­sa­tion.

Sen­ate Ma­jor­ity Lead­er Harry Re­id, D-Nev., and House Minor­ity Lead­er Nancy Pelosi, D-Cal­if., presen­ted a united front and cri­ti­cized Re­pub­lic­ans.

“We’re through play­ing these little games, all fo­cused on Obama­care,” Re­id said. “That’s all it’s about. And as I’ve said be­fore and I’ll tell each of you here to­night: they did the same thing to So­cial Se­cur­ity, they did the same thing to Medi­care and they’re try­ing to do the same thing to Obama­care.”

Pelosi said the talks were can­did. Re­id de­scribed the pres­id­ent as “strong, strong, strong.”

Sen­ate Minor­ity Lead­er Mitch Mc­Con­nell, R-Ky., did not speak to re­port­ers. (By Mi­chael Cata­lini)

6:52 p.m. — White House Meet­ing Could Res­ult in Grand Bar­gain

This af­ter­noon, Na­tion­al Journ­al‘s Billy House re­por­ted that there’s been talk that the on­go­ing White House meet­ing between Pres­id­ent Obama and con­gres­sion­al lead­ers will go bey­ond try­ing to end the gov­ern­ment shut­down.

“There’s a dis­cus­sion about a grand bar­gain, that the talks are about some deal that will tie in the debt ceil­ing and a CR (short-term fund­ing bill that would re­open gov­ern­ment),” said one con­ser­vat­ive fol­low­ing a Re­pub­lic­an Study Com­mit­tee meet­ing around 3 p.m.

About an hour in­to Wed­nes­day night’s meet­ing, a tweet from Na­tion­al Re­view‘s Robert Costa provided fur­ther evid­ence for a grand bar­gain:

Mem­bers tell me the lead­er­ship has all but of­fi­cially de­cided to blend any CR agree­ment in­to lar­ger debt deal later this month/Nov

— Robert Costa (@robert­cost­aNRO) Oc­to­ber 2, 2013

5:43 p.m. — The Num­bers Are There for a Clean CR in the House

In the last two days, House Re­pub­lic­ans have be­gun break­ing rank and say­ing they are will­ing to pass a clean res­ol­u­tion, no health care strings at­tached. The num­ber of those Re­pub­lic­ans grew to 18 Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon, which cre­ates enough votes — if all 200 Demo­crats come to­geth­er — to pass the bill. That all de­pends, however, on wheth­er House Speak­er John Boehner, R-Ohio, wants to put the le­gis­la­tion to a vote on the floor. Be­fore go­ing in­to a meet­ing with Pres­id­ent Obama and oth­er con­gres­sion­al lead­ers at the White House Wed­nes­day night, Boehner made it clear he wasn’t budging. (By Mar­ina Koren)

4:45 p.m. — Sen­ate to Ad­journ Un­til To­mor­row

The Sen­ate will ad­journ un­til 10:30 a.m. Thursday, set­ting up a third day of the gov­ern­ment shut­down.

4:05 p.m. — Presid­ing Of­ficer of the House Gavels Away as Demo­crats Ask for Clean CR

Demo­crat after Demo­crat is step­ping up to the po­di­um on the House floor to re­quest to go to con­fer­ence on a clean CR, only to be sent away from the po­di­um by the presid­ing of­ficer. “My in­quiry is, who is the speak­er of the House? Is it John Boehner or Ted Cruz?” said Rep. Mark Takano, D-Cal­if., dur­ing his turn. (By Mar­ina Koren)

3:39 p.m. — Re­pub­lic­an and Demo­crat­ic Or­gan­iz­a­tions Quar­rel over Closed Me­mori­al

The Re­pub­lic­an Na­tion­al Com­mit­tee an­nounced this af­ter­noon that it plans to cov­er the cost of keep­ing the World War II Me­mori­al, closed due to the shut­down, open for the next 30 days. “”That’s not right, and it’s not fair. So the RNC has put aside enough money to hire five se­cur­ity per­son­nel to keep this me­mori­al open to vet­er­ans and vis­it­ors,” the state­ment read, and in­vited the Demo­crat­ic Na­tion­al Com­mit­tee to foot the bill. The DNC shot back soon after: “We’ve already been work­ing on a plan to open the Me­mori­al — and the en­tire gov­ern­ment — after the GOP caused them to close. It’s called a clean fund­ing res­ol­u­tion and it sounds like the votes are there if the Speak­er would just call for a vote.” (By Mar­ina Koren)

3:05 p.m.From a Gov­ern­ment Shut­down over Obama­care, to a Grand Bar­gain?

Some mem­bers of the con­ser­vat­ive Re­pub­lic­an Study Com­mit­tee emerged from their af­ter­noon meet­ing Wed­nes­day say­ing that talk is the big White House meet­ing later in the day between Pres­id­ent Obama and con­gres­sion­al lead­ers will go bey­ond try­ing to re­solve the gov­ern­ment shut­down.

“There’s a dis­cus­sion about a grand bar­gain, that the talks are about some deal that will tie in the debt ceil­ing and a CR (short-term fund­ing bill that would re­open gov­ern­ment),” said one con­ser­vat­ive.

In fact, that’s the word sev­er­al oth­er RSC mem­bers, and oth­er law­makers who not part of that group said they’re get­ting too, al­though from ex­actly who they would not say.

Obama is to meet with Speak­er John Boehner, R-Ohio, Sen­ate Ma­jor­ity Lead­er Harry Re­id, D-Nev., House Minor­ity Lead­er Nancy Pelosi, D-Cal­if., and Sen­ate Minor­ity Lead­er Mitch Mc­Con­nell, R-Ky., at about 5:30 p.m.

If it’s true that the lead­ers will be dis­cuss­ing or work­ing to­ward some deal to re­open gov­ern­ment that would also in­clude ad­dress­ing rais­ing the $16.7 tril­lion debt ceil­ing, that would rep­res­ent an amaz­ing turn-around from, at least pub­licly, ap­pears to be a com­plete stand-off over the shut­down.

The Treas­ury has said the na­tion’s debt cap will be reached in mid-Oc­to­ber. Un­less its abil­ity to bor­row is ex­ten­ded, the U.S. could go in­to de­fault. But Re­pub­lic­ans have said they will seek spend­ing cuts and oth­er items in re­turn for rais­ing the debt ceil­ing, while Obama and Re­id have said Demo­crats will not bar­gain over the abil­ity to pay. (By Billy House)

2:12 p.m. — The Lo­gic Be­hind Re­id’s Pro­pos­al And Why He’s Not Really Budging

Sen­ate Ma­jor­ity Lead­er Harry Re­id, D-Nev., wrote House Speak­er John Boehner a let­ter that coun­ters the House GOP ar­gu­ment he won’t ne­go­ti­ate.

In the let­ter, Re­id of­fers to ap­point con­fer­ees to a budget con­fer­ence to work out the sharp dis­agree­ments between Demo­crats and Re­pub­lic­ans. The pro­pos­al sug­gests do­ing what the House wanted when it passed a res­ol­u­tion in­sist­ing on delay­ing the in­di­vidu­al man­date and ap­point­ing con­fer­ees to an ap­pro­pri­ations con­fer­ence.

But there’s a dif­fer­ence.

What the House sought to do was ap­point con­fer­ees over the con­tinu­ing res­ol­u­tion. What Re­id wants is what Sen­ate Demo­crats have been try­ing to achieve since Sen. Patty Mur­ray, D-Wash., shep­her­ded her budget through the slog of a floor fight in March.

Sen­ate Demo­crats think they’ve got House Re­pub­lic­ans cornered here. When a re­port­er asked wheth­er the Demo­crats really were of­fer­ing to com­prom­ise since they’ve wanted this lar­ger budget con­fer­ence all along, Sen. Chuck Schu­mer, D-N.Y., pressed the Demo­crats’ po­s­i­tion.

“No, well you say what’s changed from two days ago?” said Sen. Chuck Schu­mer, D-N.Y. “The Re­pub­lic­ans have said please let us talk and go to con­fer­ence. So we’re tak­ing them up on their of­fer, provided — with just one provided and an im­port­ant one — that they open the gov­ern­ment.”

Demo­crats want to get to con­fer­ence over the budget be­cause they dis­agree with Re­pub­lic­ans over the so-called topline spend­ing fig­ure, and they want to see se­quest­ra­tion cuts rolled back.

But a budget con­fer­ence has oth­er ad­vant­ages for Re­id. A budget con­fer­ence re­port would not be sub­ject to amend­ment, neither would it be sub­ject to a fili­buster, ac­cord­ing to the Sen­ate par­lia­ment­ari­an’s of­fice.

So, that means Re­id would not need to get to 60 votes to send a budget con­fer­ence re­port to the pres­id­ent’s desk.

To make their point about re­peatedly re­quest­ing a budget con­fer­ence, Mur­ray re­ques­ted a budget con­fer­ence on the floor Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon, but Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., ob­jec­ted. (By Mi­chael Cata­lini)

1:44 p.m. — Boehner Re­sponds to Re­id’s Writ­ten Plea

Boehner’s of­fice has a re­sponse to Re­id’s let­ter to the speak­er. Boehner spokes­man Mi­chael Steel says in a state­ment the gov­ern­ment is shut down be­cause of Demo­crats’ re­fus­al “to even talk about fair­ness for all Amer­ic­ans un­der Obama­care.” He con­tin­ues:

“Of­fer­ing to ne­go­ti­ate only after Demo­crats get everything they want is not much of an of­fer. Today, the House will con­tin­ue to pass bills that re­flect the Amer­ic­an people’s pri­or­it­ies. The Sen­ate passed the troop fund­ing bill this week­end — will they now say ‘no’ to fund­ing for vet­er­ans, our Na­tion­al Parks and the Na­tion­al In­sti­tutes of Health?”

The Sen­ate hadn’t passed a budget in four years un­til March 2013, when Sen­ate Demo­crats passed one out of the cham­ber un­der the lead­er­ship of its new budget chair, Patty Mur­ray. The House also man­aged to pass the latest ver­sion of Chair­man Paul Ry­an’s budget blue­print this spring.

Still, the two plans were light years’ apart. Since then, Sen­ate Demo­crats’ ef­forts to ap­point budget con­fer­ees have been blocked by Re­pub­lic­ans in the House. They ar­gue that the two parties must agree on a ‘frame­work’ for a po­ten­tial budget deal be­fore any­one goes to con­fer­ence. (By Elahe Iz­adi and Nancy Cook)

12:50 p.m. — Re­id to Boehner: I Hated Ir­aq War Like You Hate Obama­care

Sen­ate Ma­jor­ity Lead­er Harry Re­id, D-Nev., passed along a let­ter to House Speak­er John Boehner, R-Ohio, Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon as the House took a re­cess. Re­id com­pared his frus­tra­tion at the start of the Ir­aq War to Boehner’s fight against the Af­ford­able Care act. “I could have taken the steps that you are tak­ing now to block gov­ern­ment fund­ing in or­der to gain the lever­age to end the war,” he wrote. “I faced a lot of pres­sure from my own base to take that ac­tion. But I did not do that.” The Wash­ing­ton Post‘s Jack­ie Ku­cinich tweeted a photo of the let­ter:

Re­id sends let­ter to Boehner, say­ing he will ap­point con­fer­ees to a budget con­fer­ence if House passes the CR pic.twit­ter.com/TbsEd­w8ZCt

— Jack­ie Ku­cinich (@JFKu­cinich) Oc­to­ber 2, 2013

Open the gov­ern­ment by passing a clean CR, Re­id said, and the Sen­ate lead­er would name con­fer­ees to a budget con­fer­ence to dis­cuss fisc­al is­sues. From the photo, it looks like Re­id, who signed the let­ter with only his first name, hand­wrote “John” over the typed “Mr. Boehner,” per­haps to cast the mes­sage as a per­son­al plea. (By Mar­ina Koren)

12:18 p.m. — Mc­Con­nell Skep­tic­al of White House Meet­ing

Sen­ate Minor­ity Lead­er Mitch Mc­Con­nell re­spon­ded with skep­ti­cism to Pres­id­ent Obama’s of­fer to host him and three oth­er con­gres­sion­al lead­ers at the White House at 5:30 p.m. today.

“Just yes­ter­day, the pres­id­ent re­af­firmed that he would not ne­go­ti­ate with Con­gress, and Sen­ate Demo­crats ac­tu­ally voted not to ne­go­ti­ate,” said Mc­Con­nell’s of­fice in a state­ment. “So frankly, we’re a little con­fused as to the pur­pose of this meet­ing.”

Mc­Con­nell also thinks that if the pres­id­ent wants to re­open the gov­ern­ment, he should tell Sen­ate Ma­jor­ity Lead­er Harry Re­id to agree to con­vene a con­fer­ence with the House.

Re­id has said the path to re­open the gov­ern­ment is for the House to pass the Sen­ate’s six-week CR. (By Mi­chael Cata­lini)

11:36 a.m. — All Hon­or Flight Vet­er­ans Now Al­lowed in WWII Me­mori­al

It looks like pub­lic pres­sure was too much for the Na­tion­al Park Ser­vice. Now, all Hon­or Flights vet­er­ans are al­lowed to enter the World War II Me­mori­al.

For the last two days, vet­er­ans and law­makers have flooded the me­mori­al, at­tempt­ing to enter. The Na­tion­al Park Ser­vice is al­low­ing it un­der the shut­down rule that says “First Amend­ment activ­it­ies” are al­lowed at closed me­mori­als. This ap­par­ently qual­i­fies.

Here’s a look at the scene:

The line of vet­er­ans forced to shake hands with GOP­ers be­fore en­ter­ing me­mori­al. pic.twit­ter.com/ujkNpry­ojw

— Ry­an J. Re­illy (@ry­anjreilly) Oc­to­ber 2, 2013

There is no word on oth­er monu­ments throughout Wash­ing­ton. (By Matt Vasi­lo­gam­bros)

11:35 a.m. — With Many of His Staffers Fur­loughed, Sen. Manchin Is Work­ing the Phones

People walk­ing in­to the D.C. of­fice of Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., for their sched­uled meet­ings en­countered an un­usu­al sight this morn­ing: Manchin work­ing the phones.

“Hello Terry, this is Joe,” Manchin says to one caller, up­set about how the new health­care law may af­fect his uni­on be­ne­fits. “Buddy, let it rip.”

(Elahe Iz­adi)

A staff as­sist­ant typ­ic­ally an­swers con­stitu­ent calls in the front of sen­at­ors’ of­fices, but those per­son­nel have been fur­loughed in Manchin’s of­fice. Around the corner, of­fices for Sens. Di­anne Fein­stein and Chris Murphy had signs up say­ing they were closed with phone num­bers to call. Oth­ers, such as that of Sen. Amy Klobuchar, were open with staff in­side.

So when Manchin ar­rived to his of­fice around 9:45 a.m. and heard the phones ringing, he sat down and picked up, ac­cord­ing to an aide. And he kept go­ing as people in suits ar­rived for their sched­uled meet­ings.

Manchin’s of­fice re­ceived about 200 voice­mails from con­stitu­ents yes­ter­day, and many of those callers wanted to know wheth­er the vari­ous so­cial ser­vices were still avail­able. It’s not un­usu­al to re­ceive about 500 calls a day when there’s a hot-but­ton is­sue in the news, ac­cord­ing to Manchin’s of­fice.

“The only thing I’m ask­ing my friends on the oth­er side, the Re­pub­lic­ans, is if they’ll just al­low a con­tinu­ing res­ol­u­tion to run the gov­ern­ment and we’ll go in­to what we call, dis­cus­sions on this, and see if we can work through it,” Manchin tells an­oth­er caller con­cerned about the shut­down. “But to shut gov­ern­ment down be­cause you don’t agree with cer­tain things is just wrong.”

The caller says something back, to which Manchin re­sponds, “I know, honey, it’s aw­ful.”

West Vir­gini­ans want­ing to talk to Manchin may want to try and give his of­fice a ring later; he’ll be man­ning the phones in between his sched­uled meet­ings today. (By Elahe Iz­adi)

11:26 a.m. — Pres­id­ent Obama In­vites Con­gres­sion­al Lead­ers to White House

Pres­id­ent Obama in­vited Sen­ate Ma­jor­ity Lead­er Harry Re­id, D-Nev., Sen­ate Minor­ity Lead­er Mitch Mc­Con­nell, R-Ky., Speak­er John Boehner, R-Ohio, and House Minor­ity Lead­er Nancy Pelosi, D-Cal­if., to the White House at 5:30 p.m. to dis­cuss the gov­ern­ment shut­down and the need to raise the na­tion­al debt ceil­ing, the White House an­nounced.

In re­sponse, Boehner spokes­man Brendan Buck said, “We’re pleased the pres­id­ent fi­nally re­cog­nizes that his re­fus­al to ne­go­ti­ate is in­defens­ible.” He ad­ded, “It’s un­clear why we’d be hav­ing this meet­ing if it’s not meant to be a start to ser­i­ous talks between the two parties.” (By Matt Vasi­lo­gam­bros and Billy House)

11:06 a.m. — White House Is­sues Veto Threat on New House Bills

Though the House in­tends to con­tin­ue its strategy of try­ing to pass small bills that aim to fund only cer­tain parts of the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment, the White House on Wed­nes­day said Pres­id­ent Obama would veto any of these bills if they reached his desk.

“In­stead of open­ing up a few gov­ern­ment func­tions, the House of Rep­res­ent­at­ives should re-open all of the gov­ern­ment,” the White House said in a state­ment.

However, if they passed the House, the Sen­ate would likely re­ject the meas­ures. Speak­ing be­fore the Sen­ate on Wed­nes­day, Ma­jor­ity Lead­er Harry Re­id called on Re­pub­lic­ans to open the gov­ern­ment in full.

“Re­open­ing the only parts of gov­ern­ment that they like isn’t a re­spons­ible solu­tion,” Re­id said. “The Sen­ate has a plan to re­open the gov­ern­ment while we work out our budget dif­fer­ences. If Re­pub­lic­ans really want to re­open the gov­ern­ment, they should just go ahead and re­open the gov­ern­ment. They’ve had that power all along.”

Sen­ate Minor­ity Lead­er Mitch Mc­Con­nell, R-Ky., still blames Sen­ate Demo­crats and the pres­id­ent for the shut­down, fo­cus­ing on what he per­ceived as the fail­ures of the Af­ford­able Care Act.

“Look, this week, Wash­ing­ton Demo­crats had a choice — de­fend ba­sic prin­ciples of fair­ness when it comes to Obama­care, or shut down the gov­ern­ment,” Mc­Con­nell said. “They chose the lat­ter. It was wrong.” (By Matt Vasi­lo­gam­bros)

10:54 a.m. — Some Demo­crats Con­tin­ue to Stand Their Ground, Oth­ers Be­gin Buck­ing Lead­er­ship

Feel­ing that the pub­lic will largely blame Re­pub­lic­ans for the shut­down, and with the next step of the Af­ford­able Care Act already kick­ing in­to gear, life really isn’t all that bad for the Demo­crats right now. Sure, the need to grit their teeth when they hear talk­ing points from Re­pub­lic­ans re­ver­ber­ate through the House gal­lery (“The pres­id­ent will ne­go­ti­ate with the Pres­id­ent of Ir­an, but not with Re­pub­lic­ans!”), but many feel that if they can just hold tight, they will emerge from the shut­down vic­tori­ous. But do­ing so may be more dif­fi­cult than many of them had hoped.

“We’re go­ing to con­tin­ue to keep ham­mer­ing on them,” vice chair­man of the Demo­crat­ic Caucus Rep. Joe Crow­ley, D-N.Y., told Na­tion­al Journ­al. “We can’t do any­thing but wait at this point. They have to come to the real­iz­a­tion that the strategy is not work­ing. When that will hap­pen, I don’t know.”

And yet, there are signs of frac­tur­ing with­in the party. Last night, 48 Demo­crats bucked lead­er­ship by vot­ing for bills that would fund dis­tinct parts of the gov­ern­ment (one for vet­er­ans, one for the Dis­trict of Columbia, and one for na­tion­al parks).

“It’s really of­fens­ive,” Rep Raul Gri­jalva, D-Ar­iz., said about an ap­proach to fund just parts of the gov­ern­ment and not oth­ers. “And you have Demo­crats en­abling them in the pro­cess.”

Gri­jalva said that Minor­ity Lead­er Nancy Pelosi has made a com­pel­ling case to the caucus that the best ap­proach is to “hold the line and make people really ne­go­ti­ate,” and that vot­ing for this Re­pub­lic­an of­fer is not help­ful.

“I don’t want to cri­ti­cize my col­leagues for how they are vot­ing, but they have to real­ize that this is not over,” he said.

Rep. Ron Barber, D-Ar­iz., voted for all three of the small budget bills and ad­mit­ted that he knows it’s not a pop­u­lar move in his party. Still, he says, it’s more im­port­ant to be “reas­on­able” than to be pop­u­lar.

“I think we need to talk to one an­oth­er in­stead of tak­ing po­s­i­tions that we can­not find com­mon ground,” he said. “I’m really angry about the be­ha­vi­or on both sides of the aisle.” (By Ben Ter­ris)

10:42 a.m. — Re­pub­lic­an Mem­bers at the WWII Me­mori­al”¦ Again

Some Re­pub­lic­an mem­bers of Con­gress got some press on Tues­day after help­ing a group of vet­er­ans break down the bar­ri­cades of the World War II Me­mori­al in Wash­ing­ton. After hov­er­ing for a while, Park Po­lice re­gained con­trol of the site and closed it off. But that’s not stop­ping some Re­pub­lic­an law­makers and more vets from try­ing again.

Four more Hon­or Flights are sched­uled to ar­rive in the Dis­trict on Wed­nes­day, and mem­bers of the group are de­term­ined to get in. Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, some have already broken through the po­lice tape.

“We’ll get them in again today. We make it a habit of not let­ting our vets down,” said Jeff Miller, the co-founder of the Hon­or Flight Net­work, ac­cord­ing to Stars and Stripes’ Leo Shane.

Here are some tweets from the scene, which re­port­ers say is get­ting busy:

Bach­mann and Carter pose with a vet as the vet’s dad wards off a heck­ler who ac­cuses Bach­mann of “pan­der­ing” pic.twit­ter.com/bzvlY­CLe96

— dav­e­wei­gel (@dav­e­wei­gel) Oc­to­ber 2, 2013

Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-Mich) and a group of 8th graders at the WWII me­mori­al. pic.twit­ter.com/DwjNOTMSs5

— Olivi­er Knox (@OKnox) Oc­to­ber 2, 2013

WW2 me­mori­al swarmed. But 87% re­port­ers and con­gress­men. pic.twit­ter.com/Bv9x­s8of­sa

— BuzzFeed­Benny (@benny­john­son) Oc­to­ber 2, 2013

Speak­ing in front of the me­mori­al, a park ranger told Shane, “The me­mori­al is leg­ally closed. We’re ask­ing for co­oper­a­tion. But we’re not seek­ing con­front­a­tion.” (By Matt Vasi­lo­gam­bros)

10:26 a.m. — House Re­pub­lic­ans Set on Push­ing CR Through Piece by Piece

House Re­pub­lic­an ef­forts to force Sen­ate Ma­jor­ity Lead­er Harry Re­id to blink are rolling in­to a new day. Today, the House Rules Com­mit­tee is con­sid­er­ing five fund­ing bills to fund parts of the gov­ern­ment. Those bills fund na­tion­al parks, the Dis­trict of Columbia, vet­er­ans af­fairs, med­ic­al re­search, and guard and re­serve pay.

The ap­proach is in­ter­est­ing be­cause just yes­ter­day, House Re­pub­lic­ans tried to force Demo­crats in­to a dif­fi­cult po­s­i­tion by hold­ing votes on three of the fund­ing bills un­der sus­pen­sion of the rules, which re­quires a two-thirds ma­jor­ity to pass. Those bills failed, and thus the House GOP failed to move bills that a ma­jor­ity of its mem­bers favored.  Sen­ate Demo­crats railed against House Re­pub­lic­ans for ap­pear­ing to choose “win­ners” with their three bills on Tues­day. Demo­crats fa­vor a CR that funds all of gov­ern­ment. On Wed­nes­day morn­ing, House lead­ers ad­ded the med­ic­al re­search and guard and re­serve fund­ing bills. Re­id said late Tues­day that the Sen­ate would re­ject the House’s piece­meal ap­proach. (By Mi­chael Cata­lini)

10:13 a.m. — House Demo­crats Ready for Im­mig­ra­tion Bill, Re­pub­lic­ans Re­main Fo­cused on Shut­down

Shortly after the House gaveled in at 10 a.m., Demo­crat Lu­is Gu­ti­er­rez of Illinois said he is back­ing an im­mig­ra­tion bill that will be in­tro­duced Wed­nes­day. The le­gis­la­tion has been in the works for months, but fizzled out late last month, when Re­pub­lic­ans shif­ted their fo­cus to health care costs. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., who spoke after Gu­ti­er­rez, quickly brought the floor back to the shut­down. (By Mar­ina Koren)

9:56 a.m. — Who Owns the Shut­down?

The budget de­bate has spawned an­oth­er that seemed to dom­in­ate speeches and state­ments on Monday: Who is to blame for the gov­ern­ment shut­down? Pres­id­ent Obama called it the “Re­pub­lic­an shut­down.” The GOP said the pres­id­ent and Sen­ate Ma­jor­ity Harry Re­id, D-Nev., are at fault be­cause of their re­fus­al to ne­go­ti­ate. On Twit­ter, it seems, every­one is re­spons­ible: #Harry­ReidsShut­down, #Re­pub­lic­anShut­down, #ObamaShut­Down and oth­er sim­il­ar hasht­ags are mak­ing their rounds. With no end in sight for the shut­down, ex­pect more fin­ger-point­ing this week. (By Mar­ina Koren)

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