The U.S. government shut down at midnight after Congress failed to resolve a partisan standoff over immigration and spending.
The grants are part of the USDA's Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) program. The grants will expand access to job training, educational and health care opportunities for rural communities.
The White House says President Donald Trump phoned Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to discuss strategies to reopen the government
Florida hasn't been taken off the table yet for an expansion of offshore oil drilling, according to testimony Friday by a Trump administration official.