Time stands still during the shutdown–if you’re the Ohio Clock
In a time of government shutdown where federal employees are unable to do their jobs, there’s another part of the Senate that has found itself in the same scenario: The Ohio Clock.
It sits against a wall in the corridor outside the Senate chamber. You may be able to spot it when Senators Mitch McConnell or Harry Reid are speaking to the press on TV. But as of 12:14 p.m. EDT Wednesday, the clock’s hands have been frozen in place, leaving the timepiece unable to fulfill its primary duty.
The clock needs to be wound to continue functioning, a duty that belongs to a team in the Office of the Senate Curator. The staff, however, has been furloughed since the government shut down October 1.
Until the shutdown is resolved, at least Senators can take solace in the fact that even a stopped clock is right twice a day.