BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - We are nearing 48 hours into the government shutdown forcing some 800,000 federal workers to stay home; that includes some Louisiana legislative staffers as well.
The local offices of Congressmen Bill Cassidy and Senators Mary Landrieu and David Vitter look abandoned. There is a sign at Senator Vitter's office saying:
"We apologize that our office is closed due to the government shutdown. We will reopen as soon as the government resumes normal operation"
WAFB then called Vitter's office and got an answer saying they were open for business, but with a limited staff.
Over at Landrieu's office, the door was closed. When WAFB called the office, a voicemail said:
"Thank you for calling the office of Mary Landrieu due to the government shutdown our office is closed... This office will reopen when government operations are authorized by Congress."
At Cassidy's office there was only one person working. A spokesperson said she is considered an essential worker, so she was able to stay in the office.
Either way, many in Baton Rouge are doing the same as the rest of the Nation; waiting and hoping that Washington can quickly find a way out of this mess.