Government websites go dark
As the vast machinery of the federal government began systematically shutting down operations Tuesday, the effects rippled through the Web — from the Library of Congress and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to NASA and the National Park Service. Some websites were shuttered completely. Many were operating at reduced capacity. Blunt messages and apologies were the order of the day. "Due to the temporary shutdown of the federal government, the Library of Congress is closed to the public and researchers beginning October 1, 2013, until further notice," the library website's home page announced. Government Twitter accounts also went dark.
A clear for weather
Many of the nation's weather forecasters remain at work. The National Weather Service will continue operating its network of 122 local forecast offices to provide weather forecasts, watches, and warnings, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will continue to operate its weather and climate computer models, as well as satellite data feeds to ensure that forecasters have uninterrupted access to weather information.
Fundraisers take hit
Members of Congress are getting paid during the government shutdown, but they could still feel a financial hit in their campaign coffers. A number of fundraising events scheduled to be held this week in Washington have been postponed, as lawmakers decided they did not want to be seen schmoozing for donations while angry federal workers fret about how long they will have to go without pay.
Nelson, Rubio staffers
The federal shutdown has put about 800,000 federal employees on unpaid furlough, including about 60 in Sen. Bill Nelson's office and 50 in Sen. Marco Rubio's. Dozens more workers for Florida's House delegation have also been sent home.
Where is everybody?
The Capitol was eerily quiet for a weekday when Congress is in session. Doors to the House and Senate barbershops were locked as were most of the restaurants and snack facilities in the Capitol and neighboring congressional office buildings. All the gift shops were closed. The only tourists in the Rotunda, the old House and Senate chambers and other locations for gawking were tiny groups escorted by lawmakers themselves.
Times staff writer Alex Leary contributed to this report, which contains information from Times wires.