Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has closed his own Senate offices after having apparently determined that the staff he ordinarily uses to run them are “non-essential” government employees.

Meanwhile, many other Senate offices operated by members of both parties remain open because the senators who control them have apparently determined that the staff who maintain their offices are essential government employees.

To inform people that his Senate office is closed the Majority Leader has posted a sign on the door of his main Capitol Hill office saying that says: “Due to the Government Shutdown Senator Reid’s Offices Are Closed. In the event of an emergency, please contact the Capitol Police on the 1st Floor. ”

Reid has also posted a voice message on his government phone line informing people that his staff will not be returning calls or emails.

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