Parts of the US Government remain shutdown as lawmakers search for a solution to the budget stalemate.
Bickering Republicans and Democrats cannot agree on what is normally a routine spending bill and the deadlock has forced thousands of workers off the job.
The new health care law remains at the center of the controversy. Conservative Republicans want to delay or defund it while Democrats and President Obama refuse to allow it to be linked to a temporary spending bill.
The impact of the partial shutdown is far reaching. Numerous Federal agencies are closed, including offices that process veteran’s claims and Federal loans.
Many businesses in the DC area are offering specials for Government workers who are not getting paid.
Federally managed parks and monuments around the country are closed for a second day.
On Tuesday, World War 2 Vets were nearly turned away from their memorial in Washington D.C. However, some members of Congress escorted them inside the monument.
The EPA and NASA also remain shuttered. Federal employees are worried about the financial impact of the shutdown.
The shutdown is also taking a toll on clinical trials.
Each week, about 200 people register for National Institute of Health Trials (NIH). Due to the shutdown, newly registered patients are being put on hold. About 30 of those who sign up for the trials are children. 10 of those children are cancer patients.
Participants already in studies are still being treated and will continue with their trials. About 75 percent of the NIH’s employees have been furloughed.
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