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What is the legislature doing during the government shutdown?




Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks with a tour group from Beechwood KY, at the U.S. Capitol, October 3, 2013 in Washington, DC. Democrats and Republicans are still at a stalemate on funding for the federal government as the shut down goes into third day.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks with a tour group from Beechwood KY, at the U.S. Capitol, October 3, 2013 in Washington, DC. Democrats and Republicans are still at a stalemate on funding for the federal government as the shut down goes into third day.
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President Obama met yesterday with House and Senate leaders, but there's no sign of progress in resolving the stalemate that has idled 800,000 federal employees, closed national parks, and curtailed everything from scientific research to food inspections.

With many Congressional aides furloughed, and not much happening at the Capitol, some lawmakers are taking constituent calls personally; calls that would usually be answered by staffers.

Joining us with more on what's happening, or not happening on Capitol Hill, Fawn Johnson of National Journal.