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Marquette students get first-hand look at partial government shutdown

A view of the U.S. Capitol at night, on the eve of a potential federal government shutdown, in Washington September 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin
A view of the U.S. Capitol at night, on the eve of a potential federal government shutdown, in Washington September 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin

WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - Week Two of the federal government shutdown begins Tuesday -- and for 18 Marquette students, it's an interesting experience to say the least. 

They're in Washington as interns at the university's Les Aspin Center for Government. They attend classes and spend three days a week volunteering at federal agencies and congressional offices.

Three of the 18 interns are out of work right now. The rest are on Capitol Hill taking phone calls and messages from constituents who are sharply divided over the shutdown. 

Marquette senior Emily Wright tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel it was a nice to get a break for the first couple days -- but as the shutdown drags on, it's getting more frustrating. Wright fears it will be, "stressful and crazy" when the shutdown's over and she goes back to work.  

She figures it will happen soon. Wright believes the mid-October deadline for raising the debt ceiling will forge a deal. 

Monday, President Obama said he'd be willing to support an increase in the debt limit to avoid a default. 

Meanwhile, the shutdown is not the only thing the Marquette students have seen first-hand. They live about a half-mile from the Naval Yard where a gunman killed 12 people almost a month ago.

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