U.S. Court of Appeals for theFifth Circuit. (Photo: Mike Scarcella / ALM)

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Friday hitpause on an appeal looking to keep theAffordable Care Act the law of the land, despite opposition from acoalition of Democratic state attorneys general who want to pushforward amid the government shutdown.

The order, signed by Circuit Judge Leslie Southwick, comes asthe nation edges toward its longest shutdown in history. Federalcourts are expected to run out of contingency funds on Jan. 18, andsome district judges have already paused civil cases that involve federalagencies.

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Nate Robson is the U.S. Supreme Court and regulatory editor. Contact him at [email protected]. On Twitter: @Nate_Robson1.