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Lawmakers react to government shutdown; what's impacted in Hawaii

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The federal government is in a shutdown Friday night.

President Trump and Senate republicans tried to sway democrats to approve a funding bill already passed in the House before the midnight deadline but failed. 

White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney says there's still hope a weekend deal and vote, could still have the government up and running by Monday. 

The 800,000 federal non essential employees would be placed on unpaid furlough, that includes civilian Department of Defense employees, maintenance contractors and national parks employees.

National parks in Hawaii say they will close.

Essential employees including the military, social security, the U.S. Postal Service, air traffic control and the transportation security agency will keep working. 

So who would be to blame if there is? 

"This is the worst way to govern and I think this is the first example of when a party has all of the branches. In other words, it has the house and the senate and the presidency and even the judiciary that we see this actually happen," Rep. Colleen Hanabusa said. 

"I think that a lot of the agencies because this is Saturday, there's going to be an effort to try and get a continuing resolution that takes us to sometime in February so that government will pretty much keep running so we shall see how it goes because that is just kicking the can down the road," Sen. Mazie Hirono said. 

Sen. Brian Schatz issued this statement following the shutdown of the federal government:

"Nobody wins in a shutdown. It's time for us to do the hard work of negotiating and compromise to keep critical government services going. I will continue to work for as long as it takes to solve this terrible problem."