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The 116th Congress has 127 female members — 102 of them in the House. That’s far more than the previous record, but it also is far from gender parity.
The mail will get delivered, Social Security checks will go out, and the National Park Service says it will try to keep parks accessible if there is a shutdown. But most federal agencies would close.
Shutdown and debt ceiling deadlines are fast approaching four days before the Alabama Senate election, and Republicans are trying to pass a tax plan by Christmas.