September 30th, 2013
11:46 AM ET
11 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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soundoff (969 Responses)
  1. Elliot

    I am hereby giving up my membership in the Republican party. These people do not deserve my being a member of their destructive club.

    September 30, 2013 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  2. Tim

    Obama is biggest mistake in the history of our country.

    September 30, 2013 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  3. Bryan

    I will be very disappointed if the federal government shuts down.

    Not because it's shutting down, but because I know it'll start back up again soon :(

    September 30, 2013 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  4. Leftcoastrocky

    How about a clear CR, Teapublicans.

    (Or maybe Obama should insist that any CR include a carbon tax provision before he signs it.)

    September 30, 2013 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  5. NameSocial Conscious

    Funny how a republican won't bat an eye when it comes to killing. But try to save people is bad. The party of hateful deceitful neophytes.

    September 30, 2013 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  6. Leftcoastrocky

    The House republicans have many months to prepare and pass a good CR, and now it is the night before the final exam. (Reminds me of my college days.)

    September 30, 2013 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  7. Dewey

    O will negotiate with Iran but not the GOP!
    It's all or nothing with the Dems. We the People do not want Obamacare. It's costing jobs. If its so great why did he exempt Congress and his big business pals? It's not the law of the land when he signs waiver after waiver. It's a law passed behind closed doors with no Republican allowed to vote yay or nay.

    September 30, 2013 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  8. borisgv

    This is what we get for having a president who refuses to compromise on anything and a congress full of people forcing through a healthcare law that applies to everyone but them. "Do as I say, not as I do" at its most blatant.

    September 30, 2013 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  9. Robertson

    Thank you for standing your ground, Republicans!
    You will be blamed, though, as you are for everything else that Obama and his Liberal cronies do.
    Shut the damn thing down, then, if Obama won't compromise on HIS hugely unpopular law.
    Remember, Libs; it's called OBAMAcare. Blame him when companies won't hire. Blame him when your premiums go up and when your taxes go up (if you don't comply).

    September 30, 2013 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  10. Jamie

    So easy solution if they know they can't get their way...pass a clean funding bill and prevent the shutdown!

    September 30, 2013 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  11. nash

    Republics have just crossed all limits. They need health checkup and a serious iq test.

    September 30, 2013 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  12. Big_D

    The GOP has been taken over by extremists that do not deserve to even be part of a party. I feel sorry for you moderates that have no voice in the GOP. You should speak up at the mid term and vote the Teadegenerates out. This is sad, I hope the GOP never darkens the door of the house again. Maybe the Libertarians can have a real party now.

    September 30, 2013 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  13. CaliforniaAc

    Let the 12th hour pass and also the GOPs chances of ever getting the White House again. If the political terrorists can do all this with only a handfull of TeaParty nuts imagine one of them in WH. God help us all.

    September 30, 2013 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  14. P_Mokr

    House is supposed to have the power of the purse. Time to tame the big spender in the White one.

    September 30, 2013 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  15. Karen

    Obamacare is already working just wonderful for my family. My husband is battling cancer and received a letter from his PA health insurance last week that he was being cancelled as of Dec. 31, 2013 and would have to shop for a policy elsewhere. He was already paying an individual premium over $500.00, just what do you think that will be now. He is in his mid 50's and does not qualify for any assistance because we have a retirement fund that we have to keep dipping into. By the time he reaches Medicare age, there won't be any retirement left that he spent the last 30 years putting money into. We know that nobody in Washington got one of those letters. ObamaCare.......Ask the American people who are loosing their insurance how they feel about it.

    September 30, 2013 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  16. Big_D

    The GOP is an epic failure at this point in history. The exchanges are proving to have lower rates. Who do they think pays for the uninsured? It is time to be adults and address the situation because this is bigger than just insurance. It is about us being unable to afford the cost of all our entitlements. Buy in bulk and cut the cost for everyone, including medicare. The paperwork is too much and we are wasting two thirds on something the other countries are not. Figure it out!

    September 30, 2013 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  17. Shon Williams

    But we find money to lock up people for marijuana and ecstacy possession

    September 30, 2013 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  18. Dewey

    I would rather drink the Tea than choke down the Kool-aid!
    Stand your Ground Republicans! The majority of clear thinking Americans know who's to blame. Stand your ground! This is why the Tea Party backers elected you!

    September 30, 2013 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  19. Big_D

    The biggest problem with the medical system in the USA is the COST. It isn't that we rank 37th in care. It is how much our system costs, more than 300% per capita. What other system could have a monumental disparity and free market people would realize they were getting a raw deal? Think about it with your brain if you claim to be conservative, we pay 300% the amount per capita for worse care.

    September 30, 2013 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  20. Notachessgame

    Stop blaming each other for this mess regarding the budget, we want solutions, finding mediums, this is not a business, this is God's country, it never was our land to dictate, what is the right thing to do under the eyes of God, in which we as a country made a promise to many, many years ago, and so states in every court house, "In God WE trust"...... don't think of the money or politics behind this, look at this with humility and humbleness.

    September 30, 2013 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  21. Cephus

    No we are not a banana republic! That was yesterday, today! We are a banana republic. Make your mind people and stop the blame games. If the congress force a government shut down why not go a step farther and call for snap elections. That is you resign en- mass for failing the American people and then we the people can go a head and elect the people who will serve the nations and do away with the current egoistic maniacs.

    September 30, 2013 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  22. Big_D

    What would Jesus do? He would heal the sick and feed the poor. Not exactly the GOP game plan this year. Merry Christmas Republicans, hope you realize that if heaven and hell do exist that you are not going to like the seating. I believe in Karma, so I think the mid terms may prove a more present realization.

    September 30, 2013 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  23. Eugene9

    Now the GOP wants to set up a negotiating committee after fighting that for months. The ACA was a huge compromise-a Republican concept with many concessions to the insurance companies. The notion that the President should compromise it further or delay it is laughable. The GOP has really screwed itself big-time, but the victims aren't just the Republicans. That's the hard part of this whole idiocy.

    September 30, 2013 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  24. Ben

    Robertson, Let me tell you something. Got my insurance premiums for next year and they are going DOWN by $40.00. The republicans have clouded your mind with these lies. First of all its called a LAW not a bill! But believe these complete absolute idiots! Only reason that Boehner is going with them is because he is running scared. Say goodbye to the republican party. So, before you assume and listen to everything on fox news do a little research. I read all newspapers conservative, liberal and everything. I also look at my insurance premiums when they come in the mail.

    September 30, 2013 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  25. Steve Hamilton

    Americans understand blackmail when they see it, and they don't like it. Voters are are not as dumb as the GOP seems to think they are. All the smoke and mirrors in the way the House tries to portray what is happening won't work. Voters will know who has shut down the government and, if they follow the 1995/96 pattern, the GOP will get punished at the mid terms in 13 months.

    Who won't vote for the GOP? women, federal workers, disabled veterans, retired veterans, hourly workers, union members, people of color, Hispanics, Asian and Indian immigrants, students and their parents, voters 21 to 26 and their parents, the unemployed, the poor, married enlisted personnel, the elderly, moderates. that's a heckova lot of voters.

    September 30, 2013 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
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