During Shutdown, Even Time Stops on Capitol Hill

Arlette Saenz/ABC News

Even a stopped Congress is right twice a day.

With staff furloughed, some congressional cafeterias closed, and lawmakers no step closer to ending the government shutdown, time stopped in the U.S. Capitol this week.

An iconic symbol of the Senate - the Ohio Clock - ticks no more as staff responsible for maintaining the nearly 200-year-old clock have been furloughed. The clock is now permanently frozen just shy of 12:15.

The Senate curator's office is responsible for winding the antique clock, but staffers in that office have been furloughed, the secretary of the Senate's office confirmed Thursday.

The Senate purchased the clock in 1815, and it has stood in or near the Senate chamber ever since. It currently resides in what is called the Ohio Clock Corridor, the site of many Capitol Hill news conferences.

It's unclear what day the clock stopped ticking, but for now time stands still in the Capitol.

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