In shutting down the government, members of Congress have turned their own U.S. Capitol complex into a ghost town running on a skeleton crew.
Kasie Hunt reports: There aren’t any tourists milling through the Capitol rotunda. Fewer police officers are working, so many entrances are closed. Up to two-thirds of each office’s staff is at home, forced to shut off their BlackBerries. And many of the usual comforts of a lawmaker’s day job have vanished.
“Box lunches. No tablecloths,” said one Democratic senator after emerging from the usual Tuesday lunch for all members of the Democratic caucus. He wasn’t complaining — just responding to a reporter who asked if the gathering featured the usual buffet spread that’s offered each week. Read the rest of this entry »