WASHINGTON (AP) — Tourists are pretty much locked out of Washington's monuments and museums this week. But those who want to hear in person members of Congress argue with one another are welcome to do it.
The partial shutdown triggered by Congress' inability to pass a temporary spending bill closed government buildings, museums and memorials across Washington, including tours of the Capitol. But Senate and House rules require that the galleries above the chambers remain open to visitors whenever either legislative body is in session.
Most visitors left Capitol Hill on Wednesday upon learning that guided tours of historic building had been canceled because of the shutdown, now in its second day. But a few went inside anyway — to hear in person what lawmakers had to say about it all.