September 30th, 2013
11:46 AM ET
7 months ago

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. Sniffit

    "the radical leftist party the democrats have become?"

    Yeah, so very radically "leftist" that they passed something the GOP/Teatrolls previously proposed and fought for in the mmid-1990s and that a GOP governor actually implemented in the state he governed. Nothing says "leftist" like largely adopting the right's proposal.

    September 30, 2013 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  2. Beverly

    Sad our president – has to put up with nonsense . He is such a devoted leader for our country and the world . How do these people get away with telling so many un- truths about him . Bless , him with protection good health & wisdom.
    God bless our country

    September 30, 2013 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    " What is so bad about it that they have to be totally consumed with blocking it? "

    What's so bad about it? They can't take ownership of it, but it's looking like it's going to work pretty well...not perfect, but well. THAT is what's so bad about it and has them freaking the hell out like they sat on a curling iron.

    September 30, 2013 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "so they propose amendments, which go nowhere. And the Dems in the senate say pass our bill or else."

    The GOP isn't proposing Amendments. They are proposing things that would gut and ruin the law. Delaying the individual mandate is the equivalent of destroying the ACA. Moreover, the Dems in the Senate have not said to pass their bill or else. They voted on the House bill and it didn't pass the Senate. it was amended to remove the provisions that attempt to defund and destroy the ACA and then sent back to the House for a vote, which is he proper procedure. The Senate has asked the House to vote on the amended bill, but the GOP/Teatrolls in the House are refusing to allow a vote on it BECAUSE IT WOULD PASS. Get it? Get it? Do you understand now? This isn't rocket science. The GOP/Teatrolls are refusing to allow the entire House to vote on something that would fund the gov't BECAUSE. IT. WOULD. PASS. Instead, they want to try to attach other ultimatums to the funding legislation and demand that the Senate pass those. THEY are the ones fiddling while Rome burns. THEY are the ones sitting on a bill that would resolve this and refusing to let it go through democratic process and receive a vote. THEY are the ones saying that their demands must be met in order for a vote on funding the gov't to happen in the House.

    There can be no doubt who is at fault and it is the people who are preventing a bill that would pass in the House from being voted on.

    September 30, 2013 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  5. backwoods

    I am a disable vietnam vet getting disable checks i dont believe the obama care d work it doesnt helpme im the 1 that falls through the cracks va medical is the worst in the country and this new obama care doesnt help the vetrans shut him down and his dum democrats and the rich people and there companys that been stealing from the poor for yrs so i agree with shutting down goverment to make a point. the people understand this the goverment needs a awake up call to reallity ty

    September 30, 2013 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  6. usual suspects

    Yeah just imagine tens of millions more Americans being able to actually go to a Doctor on a regular basis for primary preventative care rather than strangling into Emergency rooms 24/7 in treatment of conditions left untreated out of fear of financial chaos from high cost emergency care and a condition that could have treated early on if the person could have had a doctor and doesn't have to any longer have the fear of financial ruin trying to pay for even a doctors visit. That will be gone when this is fully enacted, that is the goal. To make if cheap for people so they use the health services easily and cheaply! . REAL SCARY HUH? Sure don't want to help any of that right?
    Yup the affordable care act is going to cover people who have never had health care insurance before in their livers. That is soooo scary isn't it? Can't have that going on.....
    And then think about all the poor poor health care insurance companies and HMO's who have been running their own death panels for decades, denying care, denying care, denying care for preexisting conditions., like, oh wow your pregnant!, you have had heart surgery! What your Diabetic, No coverage for you 1. We want to keep that right as is, right? That is sooo good, right? Now they have to cover everyone with preexistenting conditions, don't get to toss you out or your baby or child. You want them to do that don't you? Maybe you haven't thought about it really?
    The vast majority need the affordable care act, they just don't see the positives in all of this for some reason. If you look you will see that prescription cost are already down. We live in a country in which the drug companies hold most everyone ransom to whatever price they could imagine for their drugs in selling them to all of us.
    So if your against the ACA you want to pay "highway robbery" prices right?
    This Act is not perfect. We all still need to have the single payer instead of all these insurance scams. We still need to put the medical industry on notice that the jig is up and the high flyers need to come to earth in a new world. One that actually puts the patient first rather than their pocket books!
    Hospitals and clinic need to post their costs of service so people can shop around and not be in the blind alley of, 'you'll know how much it all cost, when you get home some weeks later. The medical industry is on notice that we are done with the "Charge whatever you want and then take our homes too". That's is sooo over. If you are against this Affordable Care Act you need to reboot. This is good for the little guy, the poor, what use to be the middle class!!! Working people need this. we all need it. Stop listening to the corprotists like Limbaugh or whatever other corporate crow telling you how bad the Affordable Health Care Act. They are talking for the enemy of our health care system. That's the truth of it, and you shouldn't be doing anything to help those suckers of human souls. In my own truth I believe that all of health care should be NON profit and just cut the heart of these bleeders, right out of there. NO PROFIT on own OUR HEALTH! Get it yet?
    I got no problems with any kind of folks on this earth. We are just people after all. You aren't a liberal really and same to conservative, your not really that either. We are all just people needing the basics here. And Affordable CARE is one of them. Get on the correct side of this people. Let the posers rant, but we need to talk and listen now to each other. I think.

    September 30, 2013 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  7. Doodah

    Someone please inform me which part of Georgia elected this price guy to Congress.

    September 30, 2013 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  8. Marie MD

    Texas teatard rep forthenholt(sp) calls the shutdown a PAID VACATION!!!!
    Really? Some families are living paycheck to paycheck and he thinks they are going to enjoy being out of work?
    The teatards are truly domestic terrorists of the worst kind. Too bad our President had bin laden killed because if the was still alive I would think that the Canadian from Texas, mike lee, the Cuban anchor water boy and even the KY turkey were his best friends minus their own suicidal bomb vest.

    September 30, 2013 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  9. ILovethisCountry

    I love this country, hate the special interests controlling our politics. It is all about corporate money, hands down–all of the ruse about "the american people want this or that" is a total sham–it is about corporate money. Period. Also, whenever I read comments, I am generally saddened about the level of intellect and insight that most who chose to post comments exhibit (myself included). Seems like we have become so intellectually blunted as to say that very complex issues can be dealt with an A or a B solution, when there might be many, many solutions that have nothing to do with A or B (or a compromise between the two!) Not sure where all of this will lead, but it really makes me sad.

    September 30, 2013 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  10. Lynda/Minnesota

    "So the republicans are saying it must include change to the ACA "ObamaCare" or else – so they propose amendments, which go nowhere."

    We have been fighting this fight for how many years now? I suggest it is time to allow the ACA to be put into effect as is. If it is as bad as the right predicts it will be, the ACA will become history soon enough anyway. What it is not worth is the political hostage taking of shutting down the government to garner political donations from supporters, which is all this fiasco has become: one big GOP fundraiser.

    September 30, 2013 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  11. Lynda/Minnesota

    "at least delay the train wreck and let the american people decide in 2014."

    Sorry, just saying. It was already delayed once. I can only suggest you get used to it. We've been there, done that too many times already. 42 if my count is correct.

    September 30, 2013 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  12. i'malib

    Is this shutdown going to hurt my welfare checks?

    September 30, 2013 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  13. Lynda/Minnesota

    @Dominican mama: "So stay you must. We are here to balance the scales, nay, to tip them in our favor."

    I'll give it my best effort. I'm just so fed up with the pettiness. I expect, indeed, I demand better of our United States Congress then what we've gotten lately. I know you understand ... but do they?

    September 30, 2013 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  14. H Towns

    CNN certainly provides a bi-partisanship coverage of the Obamacare issue.

    September 30, 2013 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  15. Chris

    To be honest, you could have taken this 2700 pages, cut out the BS, the Pork like the "Exchanges" which the democrats are now merrily feeding upon it seems and done away with it and had legislation that was no more than 10 pages long. Starting next year you'll hear more pigs in DC all lining up because the Feds have just blessed one industry with unlimited monopoly powers and you have to pay what they want to charge you. You have no choice, so invest in big Pharma, Hostpital chains and big medical concerns because they'll be raking it in even more.

    September 30, 2013 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  16. Me

    Wake up America! Can we start impeachment proceedings? No, not the President; Congress!

    September 30, 2013 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  17. govspy

    Gov. employee here. I have a job to do, working @ Fed Jail. I go to work tomorrow no matter what. I can't pick & choose what part of my job I get to do, neither should Congress.

    They've tried to vote down the ACA, they can't. It passed. You can't defund part of the gov't in order to stop it; that's illegal. If ACA was passed into law, you can't stranglehold the country just because you can't get your way.

    Pass a budget for once, and get your job done.

    September 30, 2013 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  18. Data Driven

    @Chris,

    Health insurance law is complicated and requires more than 10 pages. I'm sorry that life isn't simpler.

    Perhaps a single-payer system might knock a few hundred pages off the total.

    September 30, 2013 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  19. Winston Smith

    Congress, has reached the depth of whale dung, brought in a dredge, and is attempting to find a depth it feels comfortable at. How low can they go?

    September 30, 2013 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  20. Nicholas

    I don't think I will ever understand how a nation that considers itself civilized and a world leader could possibly object to universal healthcare for its population, much less have a mainstream political party shut down the government in order to oppose such a plan. Just out of curiosity have all of these GOP congressmen given up their own gold plated government funded healthcare plans?

    September 30, 2013 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  21. Data Driven

    @Nicholas,

    I am equally dumfounded by the GOP's actions. And to be fair, it's not even all of them - many House GOPhers look nervous and unhappy tonight. We seem to be dealing with a situation where 40 or 50 individuals are intent on destroying the full faith and credit of the U.S.

    The Question this evening: why are they being permitted to do this?

    September 30, 2013 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  22. Jonathan

    how could they object to universal healthcare? they've reached the debth of whale dung? they're all right wing nut jobs? We have a 16 trillion dollar deficit, a maxed out credit card of epic proportions, with an administration who believes the appropriate and fiscally responsible course of action is??? Ask for more credit!

    September 30, 2013 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  23. don in albuquerque

    The Tea Party is the enemy of America.

    September 30, 2013 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  24. yellow rose

    Ted Cruz does not speak for all Texans!

    September 30, 2013 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  25. HenryMiller

    Well, the Democrats have a choice: they can shut down government, or they can shut down Obamacare.

    September 30, 2013 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
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