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Shutdown or no shutdown, government agencies keep spending

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Government agencies may have furloughed employees and blocked access to public sites, but they haven't stopped spending money. On the first day of the government shutdown, federal agencies awarded 26 contracts worth more than $130 million. The contracts ranged from chemical paint remover for the Air Force to "academic uniform shirts" for the Department of Labor. In comparison, on Sept. 24, one...

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