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The House Stationary Shop and Gift Shop were also opened to customers, and a cart full of red, white and blue packages was ready to go outside the Flag Office in the Capitol basement.
But those looking to grab lunch in the Rayburn Deli, or ice cream at the Longworth Creamery were out of luck. The dining services closed during the shutdown will remain out of service until Oct. 21.
The air outside Rayburn carried the scent of fresh-cut grass as AOC employees got to work neatening up grass on the sidewalk. A member of the gardening team pushed a lawn mower in a neat row through the lawn of the horseshoe-shaped drive.
Shortly after noon, one of the most iconic faces of the shutdown — the Senate chamber’s famed Ohio Clock — swung back in action. The clock froze at 12:15 p.m. on Oct. 9 as a result of furloughs of the staff Senate curators charged with maintaining its tick.
To the delight of a crowd of photographers crowded around the ancient timepiece, Museum Specialist Richard Doerner, climbed three steps of a silver stepladder to wind the clock’s hands, then slipped off an ornate wooden cover reached a glove hand into the mechanism.
The pendulum swung back into motion at 12:20 p.m.