Government Shutdown Freezes Historic Senate Clock


Not even time itself is safe from the government shutdown.

Employees charged with winding the Senate’s historical Ohio clock, under which lawmakers and reporters alike have gathered for years, have been sent home on furlough, Roll Call reported Thursday. The clock’s hands have stood frozen since 12:14 p.m. Wednesday.

The clock was designed and ordered for a newly restored Senate chamber in 1819, following the British invasion in 1812, and transferred to its current location in 1859.