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The West Virginia Democratic Party announced Oct. 5 it would postpone its annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner to allow West Virginia's Congressional representatives to focus on ending the partial federal government shutdown.

The dinner, which will honor U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., is rescheduled for Nov. 2.

"We support our democratic statesmen as they work to overcome the political games of House republicans, and to restore critical government services," West Virginia Democratic Party Chairman Larry Puccio said in a news release. "At that point, we will welcome Vice President Joe Biden to join us ... for a special JJ dinner honoring Sen. Jay Rockefeller's five decades of public service, but for now, we will postpone that celebration as our democrats work to bring back responsible governing in Washington."

Rockefeller said in the news release his heart goes out to all West Virginians who are suffering or frustrated as a result of the shutdown.

"Reopening the government so our veterans, our miners, our seniors and our families can access the services they need and deserve is my No. 1 priority," Rockefeller said.