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Government Shutdown Standoff: What Happens Next?

With government departments and agencies officially in shutdown mode this morning, the warring parties on Capitol Hill appear just as entrenched as they did when the standoff started.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has called the Senate back into session at 9:30 a.m., but the Democrats signaled no changes to their strategy of holding firm against any changes to President Obama’s signature health care law.

“This is an unnecessary blow to America,” Reid said on the Senate floor shortly after midnight as the shutdown began to take effect. Republicans, he said, are “fixated on embarrassing our president.”

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