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Roll Call is continuing Twitter Q-and-A sessions. In this edition, we talked with reporter Daniel Newhauser. He covers the campus beat for Roll Call.

What does that mean exactly? Anything that happens in and around the Capitol — news released by the police, the D.C. budget and so much more. He has covered every little aspect of the potential government shutdown. The Q&A happened on April 7 as it was uncertain whether Congress would forge a deal on the continuing resolution to fund the government.

Follow him: @dnewhauser

Since it was on Twitter, of course, his answers were kept to under 140 characters. A transcript follows.

 

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Welcome to our 11th Twitter Q&A w/ @. He's been @ almost 2 yrs first as editorial assistant & now rocking campus beat.

 

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Q1! RT @: @ @ Do you think military who live on base/post will have to pay for housing during the suspended pay?

 

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.@ Our sources tell us this question is definitely being asked b/c there's so much uncertainty. Nothing is for sure. ^@

 

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Q2! MT @: What "charities" are members of congress going to donate their earnings to during the ?

 

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.@ Bachmann for instance giving to military families. Some say they'll return check to Treasury Dept. ^@

 

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Q3! RT @: @ @: who will be affected the most ?

 

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.@ Great Q - track developments here: If you're affected, tell us/we can write about you ^@

 

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.@ Hard to say 'most' but 100s of 1,000s of govt workers would lose $ Some Hill staff would maybe work w/out $. ^@

 

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Q4! MT @: what is the biggest problem keeping Congress from making a budget decision? What causing the most debate?

 

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.@ Short term it's social issues, primarily abortion. Long term it's how much to cut & where from/deficit. ^@

 

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Q5! RT@ When will admin let the very backbone of this country (our troops) know if we will have a paycheck or not?

 

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.@ Tomorrow is deadline. But Obama said he'd veto House passed plan b/c it isn't enough certainty for military ^@

 

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Q6! RT @: @ @ @ Which parties voters would get hurt more w shutdown?

 

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.@ Voters of all stripes work in government & would be hit - same for visiting parks/museums ^@

 

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Q7! @ from @ @ @ How do we let the gov. know our displeasure about their current actions?

 

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.@ You can write them, visit office & use @ to get their info. Your Member is Rob Bishop 202-225-0453 ^@

 

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Q8! RT @: via @: Cantor says he expects bipartisan support for 1-wk CR in senate. do you believe that? i sure don't.

 

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.@ One vote from conservaDem equals bipartisan so it's possible. But unlikely to pass. Lots more negotiating to come ^@

 

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Q9! RT @: @ @: Is there anything we everyday citizens can do about the government shut down?

 

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.@ Exercise your freedom of speech & vote, but this deal will be done behind closed doors & is political ^@

 

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Thanks to @ (who you should be following, btw) for taking time during busy shutdown potential for Q&A. Tune in next week!

 

Read our previous Twitter Q&A transcripts with Steven T. Dennis here, Jennifer Bendery here, Steve Peoples here, John Stanton here, Stu Rothenberg here, Paul Singer here, the talented photo department (Tom Williams, Bill Clark, Doug Graham and Andrew Satter) here, Ambreen Ali here, Kate Ackley here and Lauren Whittington here.

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