U.S. Department of Veterans Public Affairs Specialist, Ron Bergen prepares to post a sign that reads," In the event of a Government Shutdown, We Are Open," at the VA Medical Center in West Los ... more 
U.S. Department of Veterans Public Affairs Specialist, Ron Bergen prepares to post a sign that reads," In the event of a Government Shutdown, We Are Open," at the VA Medical Center in West Los Angeles, Friday, April 8, 2011. The federal government lurched toward a shutdown for the first time in 15 years Friday as Republicans and Democrats in Congress struggled for a way out and swapped increasingly incendiary charges over which side was to blame. By midday Friday, 12 hours before the funding would run out, most federal employees had been told whether they had been deemed essential or would be temporarily laid off in the event of a shutdown. less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Damian Dovarganes
Fri, Apr 8, 2011 10:00 PM EDT