Those Americans who disdain government in the abstract are about to have their contempt put to the test.
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Estimates show large numbers of employees would not have been permitted to work if government had shut down.
Federal employees sent updates Friday on their status and that of other employees in their agencies.
House majority leader says 'bridge' is a possibility to keep government from shutting down.
The GOP reaction suggested a shrugging acceptance of one more round of talking points before the final brokering.
Contractors and federal employees would continue to work, Energy Department says.
Contracts not related to exempt activities or funded through annual appropriations could be halted.
Negotiators reach last-minute agreement on funding deal for rest of fiscal 2011.
Memo was designed to make sure agencies didn't begin shutting down at midnight.
Reid, Boehner to meet with Obama at 1 p.m. for second meeting in 18 hours.