Government Shutdown Forces Closures In Nation's Capitol

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The Washington Monument is seen behind a chain fence in Washington,... News PhotoChain,Government,International Landmark,Politics,USA,Vertical,Washington DC,Washington Monument - Washington DCPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPThe Washington Monument is seen behind a chain fence in Washington, DC, on October 1, 2013. The US government shut down Tuesday for the first time in 17 years after a gridlocked Congress failed to reach a federal budget deal amid bitter brinkmanship. Some 800,000 federal workers have been furloughed in a move reminiscent of two previous shutdowns -- for six days in November 1995 and 21 days from December that year into early 1996. AFP Photo/Karen BLEIER (Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)