September 30th, 2013
11:46 AM ET
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Live: Federal government shutdown begins

– The U.S. government shutdown went into effect at 12:01 a.m. ET Tuesday after lawmakers in the House and the Senate could not agree on a spending bill to fund the government.
– See how shutdown could affect you; and see what will be closed; what will be open.
– Senate on Tuesday morning rejected another GOP measure that would have altered Obamacare, and a House GOP request to negotiate differences.
– President Barack Obama: Shutdown is the "height of irresponsibility." | Transcript
– Congress managed to pass a bill that would allow members of the military to continue receiving pay during shutdown.
– Updates below; also, check out our full story.


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  1. sly

    "Is there a red line for this? ... Russia and Syria cracked ... with little effort."
    -–
    Which was another major foreign policy victory for our President. He channelled John Wayne, carried a big stick, and our enemies crawled to the negotiating table to ban ALL Syrian chemical weapons.

    Yup ... killed American's #1 enemy, stood up to genocide, ended 2 Bush Oil wars, killed Khadafy.

    I am proud of our President, one of the strongest on foreign policy in decades.

    September 30, 2013 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  2. USMC for life

    Susan, you forgot George Bush. It gets absolutely no worse than that, oh, I forgot, he is different so he is ok.

    September 30, 2013 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  3. Amy

    Way to go GOP.
    42 attempts and this time they just decide to go nuclear....
    Way to go America. Way to go.

    September 30, 2013 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  4. Jason

    Shut it down. We'll all be better off.

    September 30, 2013 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  5. MM

    Shutting the government down is a GOOD thing. If you sent your kid (and money) off to college and he was wracking up credit cards left and right and making poor grades, wouldn't you WANT to shut down his spending???

    September 30, 2013 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "THIS IS what happens when you pass a law with no COMPROMISE......"

    The ACA is itself an act of compromise. We wanted single payer or a public option. Instead, we got something based largely on the GOP's proposals in the mid-1990's, which they used to shut down Hillary Clinton's proposals while yelling and screaming about "personal responsibility" (i.e., the individual mandate that THEY PROPOSED) and "free market" solutions. Now, suddenly, they claim that things they previously promoted and characterized as a free market solution are "socialism." It's absurd and the MSM is 40% to blame for them getting away with it.

    September 30, 2013 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  7. rs

    It is this kind of lack of perspective or self awareness of the left that is so frustrating.
    ___________________________
    I am with you Tom, I don't get how the Right somehow thinks it is the President who is holding the economy hostage to their narrow ideology.

    September 30, 2013 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  8. Jake

    Shut it all down. Until the Democrats understand that we have a two party, three branch, government which means negotiation and compromise is mandatory, keep it shut down.

    Harry, Nancy and the President passed Obamacare with no bipartisan support. What did the expect? Remember Nancy preaching that they had to pass it to learn what was in it?

    When the Majority leader in the Senate and President say they will not negotiate, what comes is on their hands.

    September 30, 2013 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  9. Ole Bull

    40 congressman do not get to legislate this way.....not how its done. Holding the U.S. economy hostage trying to overturn a law that was passed and signed is absolute insanity....

    September 30, 2013 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  10. me

    Now how as a country are we suppose to move foward if the republican party cant get there crap straight and stop bein kids in a high seat. Stop blaming obama for the dept he not the one spending money the government is they are the one with the big account so stop blaming someone if you don't know what your talking about. So far as i know your not in his seat you don't know what he deals with imagine every morning waking up to here who died in the world or what happens in the world i know none of you could handle it stop judging what you don't know.

    September 30, 2013 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  11. sam

    If Affordable Care Act (AKA: Obama Care) is as bad as Republicans claim it is to take this country to the brink of a shutdown, why not let it actually play out on Democrats??

    Of course the reality is the exact opposite. Republican radicals are infact convinced that Obama Care will be extremely effective for the general public and perhaps a legacy that President Obama and Democrats will cash in on for decades to come!! That is what these Anarchists actually are afraid of!

    September 30, 2013 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  12. Smurfette

    Can you just please simply explain what they mean by de-funding Obamacare? What is the cost to the government? Most the cost will fall to the individual by either having to buy their own healthcare if they don't already have it or paying the tax penalty. So what is the funding for and how much is it? No one seems to be answering that question.

    September 30, 2013 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  13. Deborah Alfano

    Make no mistake, many who oppose Obama care are not part of the far right. Attacking Congress is like attacking those who voted to send these elected officials to D.C. to stop Obama Care.

    September 30, 2013 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  14. irritated citizen

    Let's start at the top with the shut down. The President, the Senate and the House should be the first ones to not get paid. If they cannot do their job, then they should suffer. Not the american people. I did not vote for Obamacare, so the President can get off his high horse about the "vote" thing. Unfortunately the shut down will only hurt those who really need the jobs. The government has always been way to "heavy" in the employee's area. They pay 3 or 4 people to do the job of 1.

    September 30, 2013 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  15. Wes

    The Tea Party, a hate group, is headed by Creationists who think the world was created 6000 years ago. They should split from the non-extremists in the Republican party, form their own, and see how many of these loons get elected.

    September 30, 2013 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  16. Franklin

    I'm surprised Obama took a long enough break from the golf course to even review the budget...

    September 30, 2013 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  17. Simply need ALL new parties

    The old's in power maxed out the publics' credit, indebted their great great great grandchildren and play games and one downmanship – its their fault, its his fault, you have to pass it to find out what's in it gall filled thieves who JUST. WILL. NOT. STOP. until they own the dust under your bed.

    The maxed the credit and maxed their credibility for HEAVENS sake SHUT. IT. DOWN. for good, lets call a wash and start over.

    Our laws – well – barring the last 60 years work, THOSE created the nation the world marveled over. Let's have a special interest free- post racial -post banker -post wall street world. Let the chips fall on those who carry the load. Politicians and a swollen tick filled staff of govt workers are NOT the ones who carry it. Demote, lay off, fire and retrain.

    Shut it down for the good of the world!

    September 30, 2013 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  18. Daniel Webster

    Stop saying the people voted for this. The president can't say the people voted for a law that he decided after the vote to ignore parts of. IF the people allegedly voted for it, they did it assuming that part of the deal was the corporate mandate. For the president to just IGNORE that part of the law means that whatever the people allegedly voted for no longer exists.

    September 30, 2013 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  19. battkatt

    When MY paycheck stops on Tuesday whose going to pay my bills, Mr President? Senator? Congressman? I think I will just give my bill collectors YOUR phone numbers since YOU are the ones that will be collecting a paycheck while stripping paychecks from thousands of working class people in this country.
    You take and take and what did my family get?
    Weeks of furlough days this summer and now a government shutdown . So tell me everyone what do I do about no money coming in, if this does happen and it goes on for weeks? Loose my house and come stay with one of you?
    I am sick to death of working my tail off and having it stripped away by no fault of my own.
    I feel like I am getting ready to be robbed and it is sanctioned by the government with no way for me to do anything about it, it's pathetic and is actually making me sick because I have to figure out how and who to pay if these "children" can't agree on something!

    Stop acting like infants and be adults for goodness sakes AND while your at it, DONT TAKE ANY PAY IF THE GOVERNMENT SHUTS DOWN!!!!!

    September 30, 2013 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  20. Jack 2

    I have to admit that i acually hate this Obama. Not because he's black but because he's an arrogant socialist that blames his woes on everyone else and lies to the public when he feels need be. When will this guy take the blame for his own shortfalls and mistakes?

    September 30, 2013 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    Funny that it is the House Rep fault....... when they meet and make adjustments to their demands and Obama and Reids keep screaming "DO IT MY WAY OR ELSE YOU WILL HAVE TO SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT. I AM NOT GOING TO TALK TO YOU!!!!!!!

    Baby Obama and the Dems can't work with anyone.

    September 30, 2013 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  22. Bill

    So why is Obama and the democrats shutting down the government. The will of the people in the house has passed a budget that the senate and Obama refuse to pass because of a law the people do not want.

    September 30, 2013 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  23. Wow Its Here

    What's wrong Obama, Pelosi, Reid – does big the mean House want to make you spend a little more responsibly? Its about time. So nice of you to try to pin this on the House, when it is your party that name calls, doesn't negotiate and then puts dufus Pelosi out there saying Republicans are hurting pregnant women and kids. How about we don't spend money to fund hundreds of thousands of abortions – huh Nancy? What's wrong, your Catholic in church, but not on issues? Ahahahaha

    September 30, 2013 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  24. hexxuss

    And YOU, Mr President don't get to hold us hostage to attempt to cram what YOU want down our throats either!! MY costs should NEVER (EVER) increase because someone chooses not to work (and YES, it IS a choice when you live someplace that has people advertising for hiring EVERYwhere you go & panhandlers on EVERY corner too!).

    September 30, 2013 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  25. David

    A law, is a law, is a law... unless it is rescinded. When you only control one house of the legislative branch, you simply cannot change the law by having a hissy fit. It is the height of irresponsibility to demand that "Do it my way or we pick up our jacks" when the law has been established, and the American people have voted as a national group to keep a balance in the legislative branch as it is now. Cooperation is one thing. Extortion is another. And those who don't wish to assist the government of the people serve the people should be voted into extinction... much like they were last time the GOP pulled these juvenile pranks. Why are you so afraid to allow a straight vote on this, Mr Boehner? Is it that common sense will prevail over ideological rigidity?

    September 30, 2013 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
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