Again, we're waiting for the Senate to convene around 2 p.m.
Attorney General Eric Holder has weighed in on the potential shutdown. Though Senate-confirmed presidential appointees like him aren't set to lose any pay if it happens, many others in the Justice Department are. So, he says, he will take a pay cut -- "whatever amount is greatest for any employee at the Justice Department."
"As I have made clear we are all in this together and whatever pain they suffer I will share with them," he told reporters at a news conference today.
Furloughs, he said, would "have a disruptive impact on the work of the Justice Department."
"Now, we will certainly make sure that national security is protected, " he said. "On the criminal side our lawyers, our investigators will still be in the field. But on the civil side and a whole range of others things that the Justice Department is entrusted to do we will not do the job that the American people expect of us."