Fed Workers, Tourists Brace for Long Shutdown

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From California's famed Yosemite National Park to all the other 401 national parks, monuments and popular destinations coast to coast, the political mess in Washington has government employees and tourists alike worried about a shutdown that could now last weeks.

"It was a long journey. We came here; it took us 16 hours to fly," Dubai resident Chandra Gour said as the government entered the second day of its first shutdown in 17 years.

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"We're not getting to tour the Capitol Building," one tourist said. "We're not getting to go to the Pentagon. We're not getting to go to the Holocaust museum."

Some 800,000 workers have been told not to come in.

"They just told us until further notice you're furloughed and when we call you, come on back in," Pete, a federal employee, said.

One market research firm said it's costing $13 million an hour -- roughly $1.6 billion a week -- in lost economic output because of the shutdown.

"I think they should fire all these clowns that are supposed to be representing the people. They're doing a bad job of it," Toledo, Ohio, resident Forest Heminger said.

The shutdown has forced the president to cancel two stops on his upcoming trip to Asia, with the possibility the entire trip could get cancelled.

Meanwhile, there was talk of a compromise Wednesday, with Republicans agreeing to reopen parts of the government.

"I think it's fair to say none of us want to be in a shutdown, and we're here to say to the Senate Democrats, 'Come and talk to us,'" House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., said.

Democrats refused, agreeing to fund the government only if the GOP drops its effort to defund or delay Obamacare.

"Reopening only the parts of government…is not a responsible solution," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said.

Late this evening, President Barack Obama invited top congressional leaders from both parties to the White House for a meeting on the impasse.

Meanwhile, some Republicans are starting to break ranks and calling for legislation to fund the government with no conditions.

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