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Government Shutdown Could Idle One Million Workers

Congress Gridlocked Over Continuing Resolution Legislation
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Hundreds of thousands of federal employees will report to work this morning. Most will be sent home and no one knows when they’ll be back on the job. The first government shutdown in more than 17 years could put as many as a million workers on unpaid leave, as Republicans and Democrats in Congress continue trading blame and spending bills each side refuses to accept.

The government’s spending authority ended at midnight Eastern time, and federal agencies were ordered to cut services.

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