1. Washington state is currently covering unemployment benefits in the wake of the federal shutdown, Gov. Jay Inslee said on Sunday, but warned that the bandaid would only hold for so long and "there’s significant potential for this to get much worse very soon."
Blaming the shutdown on his former house Republican adversaries (see Tacoma News Tribune reporter Jordan Schrader's tweet below), Inslee also said veterans' and Washington's aerospace industry were taking a direct hit.
2. Speaking of blaming the Republicans for the shutdown, Seattle's own U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott told Slate:
This mess was created by the Republicans for one purpose, and they lost. People in my district are calling in for Obamacare—affordable health care—in large numbers. These guys have lost, and they can’t figure out how to admit it. ... So we sit here until they figure out they fuckin’ lost.
3. Meanwhile, noting that enough house Republicans (21 ... which is four more than the 17 needed ..) have said they would pass the budget without defunding Obamacare, McDermott and the five other Democratic members of the Washington state delegation signed a Democratic caucus letter this weekend demanding the Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) bring the "clean" resolution (to fund the government without amendments that defund Obamacare) to a vote on the house floor.
The resolution, which the senate passed, would keep the lights on and the doors open until November 15.
On the docket today, the house Republicans are proposing bills picking and choosing which departments of government they feel are worth funding.