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Silence Not a Good Sign as Government Shut Down Nears

Reuters news service is reporting that the halls of congress are strangely quiet and doors at the capitol are locked as the deadline for government shutdown draws closer.  No lawmakers are on the hill today (Sunday) and Senate Democrats decided on Sunday not to take up a measure approved in the early morning hours by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives that ties funding for government agencies to a one-year delay of President Barack Obama's landmark healthcare law.

After spending Saturday locked in bitter debate amid partisan chants by Republicans, the House also voted to repeal a medical device tax that would generate about $30 billion over 10 years to help fund the healthcare program. That measure attracted some Democratic support. Also, in a possible sign that lawmakers are simply resigned that the shutdown is going to happen, the house unanimously approved a bill to keep paying U.S. soldiers in the event a shutdown does take place and the government runs out of money on October 1st.

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