The federal government shutdown could affect up to 50,000 federal employees in Washington state.
National forests and monuments, including Mount Rainier and Mount St. Helens, closed Tuesday.
And U.S. Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray shuttered their district offices statewide.
Unless Congress strikes a deal, thousands of civilian workers considered nonessential to the federal courts and military bases are expected to be furloughed.
That means smaller paychecks and less money to spend at a time when the economy is experiencing a fragile recovery.
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