Tours of the U.S. Capitol would be suspended if the federal government shuts down because there is no funding.
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CAPITOL HILL (WUSA/AP/CBS) -- Both Houses broke from the political stalemate after chaos broke out this afternoon outside the Hill.
Mid-week, House Republicans passed bills to fund national parks and NIH, but the White house calls it "game playing."
House republicans have scheduled a vote to give furloughed federal workers back-pay if and when the government reopens. Veteran democrats Jim Moran of Virginia and Steny Hoyer of Maryland as well as Republican Frank Wolf of Virginia sponsored the Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act. The vote could come Friday or the weekend.
But federal workers still on the job will not get paychecks until the shutdown is over, including the officer who rescued the baby girl who witnessed the car chase from the back seat of the suspect's car, and the U.S. Capitol Police officer who was injured while responding to the incident.
After a brief recess, leaders returned to work/gridlock after applauding the responding officers.