DAYBREAK DAILY: Virginia's congressional delegation split on shutdown

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‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the reports – The latest on the government shutdown; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m. M-F.

SPLIT IN VIRGINIA: With a twist, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Virginia’s congressional delegation is split on how to reopen the federal government, which drives a quarter of the state’s economy. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-7th, continued Tuesday to push for negotiations between the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate to break the deadlock over spending.

“But Cantor faces a new complication: defections by fellow Virginia Republicans. U.S. Reps. Scott Rigell, R-2nd, and Frank Wolf, R-10th, want a vote on a straight spending measure without provisions to delay the federal health care law. After days of proposals bouncing between the two chambers, the House sought a conference with the Senate, but that was rejected. Both U.S. Sens. Timothy M. Kaine and Mark R. Warner, Democrats, voted against entering negotiations.”

MEANWHILE: Of those other two Virginia guys, per the Washington Post, “Terry McAuliffe’s plan was to visit a technology company and tout a package of revisions to Virginia’s ethics laws. But by the time he showed up at MicroTech’s Vienna headquarters Tuesday morning, the federal government had been shuttered for 10 hours, and the chief executive of the Fairfax County company was lamenting how it was already crippling his business. Much of his workforce had been idled, he said, and his government projects had ground to a halt.

“So instead of talking ethics changes, McAuliffe (D) made the event all about the shutdown, accusing his opponent in the governor’s race, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II (R), of being in league with tea-party-backed conservatives on Capitol Hill. Later in the day, Cuccinelli fired back, calling McAuliffe a symbol of Washington intransigence while emphasizing — on the same day insurance exchanges came online — his own longtime opposition to President Obama’s health-care overhaul.”

POTUS: Told you so, per The Hill, “President Obama will hold a series of events in the coming days to highlight the consequences of the government shutdown. The events will hammer home the White House’s argument that it is Republicans who are preventing the government from reopening, White House aides say. They will also portray Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) as unwilling to buck a “faction” of the Republican caucus.”

POLITICO PLAY: “A harsh reality began setting into Capitol Hill on Tuesday: The U.S. government may not reopen until the two parties reach a deal to raise the national debt ceiling. Hours after federal agencies shuttered their doors for the first time in nearly two decades, congressional leaders from both parties began to prepare for a protracted budget battle bound to grow more difficult the longer it goes unresolved.”

MEANWHILE: Local angle, per Gazette.Net, “Thousands of federal jobs and employees call Montgomery County home, but many were not working Tuesday after Congress’ inability to compromise on the federal budget, shutting down most government operations. Exactly how many Montgomery County residents were forced to stay home was unclear, but most agencies in the county were slashing operations and mandating that most employees stay home. Employees who are furloughed are required to not work and will not receive pay.”

HEALTH GLITCH: Or something like that, per the New York Times, “Millions of Americans visited new online health insurance exchanges as enrollment opened on Tuesday, suggesting a broad national appetite for the affordable coverage that President Obama has promised with his health care law. But many people quickly encountered technological problems that prevented them from getting rates, comparing health plans or signing up.

“Federal and state officials said that while they knew there was pent-up demand for health coverage, the number of visits to their exchanges was greater than anticipated. Federal officials said more than 2.8 million people had visited, the federally run exchange that serves residents of more than 30 states, though the figure would include those who received error messages. State-run exchanges also reported higher-than-expected use.”

JUST STOP IT: Or else, per the Baltimore Sun, “Motorists around Maryland found their cellphone conversations interrupted by flashing blue lights Tuesday, as tougher restrictions went into effect on the use of hand-held devices while driving. Police were on the lookout for people driving with phones to their ears on the first day of a state law that makes the violation a primary traffic offense. Previously, drivers could only be cited if they were stopped for breaking another traffic law.

“Officials around the state said they were issuing a mixture of warnings and citations as they attempted to get motorists acquainted with the new restrictions. In some areas, police took the occasion to remind drivers of another new requirement that all passengers wear seat belts. Anne Arundel County police said they handed out 165 tickets and citations for improper cellphone use and seat belt violations during an enforcement effort with state police along West Street and Riva Road in Annapolis.”

SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Caps lose 6-4 against Chicago.

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NEWSTALK: Among today’s topics (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) -- Republican strategist Bob Rusbuldt, Democratic strategist Andrew Feldman and the Board of Trade's Jim Dinegar talk about the shutdown of the federal government.

--Skip Wood

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