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Rep. Michael Capuano Talks Government Shutdown

A National Park Service employee posts a sign on a barricade to close access to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. Congress plunged the nation into a partial government shutdown Tuesday as a long-running dispute over President Barack Obama's health care law stalled a temporary funding bill, forcing about 800, 000 federal workers off the job and suspending most non-essential federal programs and services. (AP)

A National Park Service employee posts a sign on a barricade to close access to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. Congress plunged the nation into a partial government shutdown Tuesday as a long-running dispute over President Barack Obama’s health care law stalled a temporary funding bill, forcing about 800, 000 federal workers off the job and suspending most non-essential federal programs and services. (AP)

Day two of the government shut-down and no sign of a resolution to the impasse. Well actually, there was a small potential sign. A meeting was announced. That’s right. A meeting.

President Obama will meet with House and Senate leaders from both parties at the White House this evening, in an attempt to work out a deal to restart the government. It’s a sign of how stuck things are in Washington when just the announcement of a meeting makes news.

Much of the attention has focused on the House GOP, which is fiercely divided between Tea Party conservatives and more moderate members who oppose the shutdown tactic. So where does that leave House Democrats, including members of the Massachusetts delegation?

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Michael Capuano, serving his eighth term as a Representative in Congress for Massachusetts’ Seventh District.

 


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