It's a government shutdown - the 1st thing congress does is vote they'll still get paid - no interruptions in the Mafia manifesto.

Eventually since there's tons of money (30 Billion) to play with they begin to open and vote on other resolutions they feel should be funded to prevent government collapse they 'Caucus' and add what's needed to protect themselves.

That 'pretty-much' sums-up the story!

PS: Needed Reminder: of the people, by the people, for the people
BUT WHICH PEOPLE!