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The Federal Government is Closed for Business

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Congress missed its midnight deadline to reach a spending plan, shutting down the federal government for the first time in 17 years. We examine the impacts of the closure for California and the nation, and what it may mean for the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, which begins Tuesday. We'll also discuss the politics and implications of the Congressional stalemate.


Shira Center, politics editor for Roll Call

Marc Sandalow, associate academic director of University of California's Washington Center

Lisa Mascaro, Congressional correspondent for the Washington Bureau of the Los Angeles Times

Barbara Lee, U.S. Congressman representing the 9th Congressional District of California, which includes Oakland

Doug LaMalfa, U.S. Congressman representing the 1st Congressional District of California, which includes the northeast corner of the state)