Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., speaks in Stuttgart, Ark., in August. Pryor's latest ad in his re-election campaign hammers his GOP opponent's position on the government shutdown. Danny Johnston/AP hide caption

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Meal deliveries to some low-income seniors stopped during the shutdown, and distributors are now racing to get meals out. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Susan and Jack Cooper of Richardson, Texas, demonstrate against the government shutdown in Dallas this month. Tony Gutierrez/AP hide caption

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Basil, tomatoes, peppers and lettuces grow in garden beds on the South Lawn of the White House. According to the site Obama Foodorama, the government shutdown has had a dramatic effect on the garden. Eddie Gehman Kohan/ObamaFoodorama.com hide caption

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Bob Adams is a lab animal veterinarian at Johns Hopkins University. Maggie Starbard/NPR hide caption

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