What would happen to Congress and the courts?

They have their own shutdown plans and guidelines. Some Congressional offices, such as Sen. <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="hpp2355" title="Joe Lieberman" href="/topic/politics/joe-lieberman-hpp2355.topic">Joseph Lieberman</a>'s, will have a skeleton staff, while others, such as Rep. <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEPLT003790" title="John B. Larson" href="/topic/politics/government/john-b.-larson-PEPLT003790.topic">John B. Larson</a>, will keep full staffing.<br>
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Courts have can continue for a short while because they are financed partly through fees. In the Hartford federal court house on Main Street, the clerk's office said Friday the courts can remain open for ten days.
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They have their own shutdown plans and guidelines. Some Congressional offices, such as Sen. Joseph Lieberman's, will have a skeleton staff, while others, such as Rep. John B. Larson, will keep full staffing.

Courts have can continue for a short while because they are financed partly through fees. In the Hartford federal court house on Main Street, the clerk's office said Friday the courts can remain open for ten days.

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