But he's kind of busy right now, so we asked our pets to tell us what's going down in Paw-shington, D.C., instead.
Furlough: an impossibly furry animal, including but not limited to cats, dogs, rabbits and specific breeds of owls.
Filibuster: The full name of Andy's dog in Toy Story
GOP: Grand Old Puppy
And the GOP controls the Mouse of Representatives
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Claw enforcement: Just one of the many (re: MANY) agencies affected by the shutdown
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Obamacare: How Obama shows Sunny and Bo how much he cares
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