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Extended shutdown will halt benefits for millions of vets

Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., speaks as Senate Democrats gather outside the Capitol to urge Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, and other House Republicans, to break the impasse on a funding bill and stop the government shutdown that is now in its second week, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, in Washington. With so many furloughed federal workers living in the Maryland and Virginia suburbs outside Washington, senators from those states made special pleas. From left are Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., and Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md. Standing at right with papers is Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md.

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