RICHMOND, Va. (AP)- In the hours after a dysfunctional Congress failed to provide funding to keep federal government fully operational, Virginia's political establishment staked out positions that could affect elections this year and next.
Democrats blamed Republicans they said were beholden to tea party demands that the newly activated federal health care law be defunded.
Republicans battled that perception and differed among themselves. Some, including Republicans representing major military areas, said they support repealing the nation's new health care law, but in a subsequent fight that doesn't close federal offices.
"Non-essential" federal services including national parks and museums, many environmental and financial regulatory agencies and programs that help pregnant women and those with babies buy food were told to close at midnight Tuesday.