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. Keeley

    Does anyone else find it odd that Obama pre-recorded a message saying its congress' fault that the government shut down BEFORE it shut down?

    October 1, 2013 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  2. s. b

    republican? ?? democrats??? if they want to shut down then let each senator, congressman and representatives give up their salaries paid in full to the US government each and every day the government is shut down. let them suffer the loss of the closing not we the people until all of them can play nice and operate appropriately with each other showing WE THE PEOPLE respect and consideration. be they remained the people voted them in office because they were suppose to be of high character with knowledge. where is the wisdom of all these fine elected officials now the elections are over. What amount of debt relief can we the people pay off by seizing the salaries of these prideful, stubborn and ego spoiled officials. shut down then shut down your salaries gives that money to our country's debt

    October 1, 2013 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  3. A Rivera

    Q: Do all government programs stop?

    A: No. There are three big categories that don’t. Some programs don’t require annual appropriations. That group, which includes Social Security, Medicare and other so-called entitlements, continue without interruption. The second group entails functions “necessary to protect life or property.” Law enforcement, the military, intelligence agencies and foreign embassies all will stay open. Finally, some programs have other sources of money that will allow them to function for a while. Courts, for example, can spend money they have collected through fines and fees, funds that would allow them to keep functioning for a while.

    Q: What are some examples of government offices that will close?

    A: The national parks, federally owned museums, such as the Smithsonian, offices overseas that give visas to foreigners hoping to visit the United States, many federal regulatory agencies, IRS call centers that provide assistance to taxpayers and most offices that handle federal grants and contracts will all close.

    October 1, 2013 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  4. Joe Travland

    Why don't we just send all of our monthly bills to the local congressman and ask them to pay our bills beings we are still paying theirs?

    October 1, 2013 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  5. Ann Arbuckle

    Does this mean Social Security offices are closed?

    October 1, 2013 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  6. A Rivera

    We the people had enough........... shut it DOWN!!

    October 1, 2013 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  7. Name

    What about military veterans that depend on their pay to survive?

    October 1, 2013 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  8. lolololol

    @keeley: its called planning ahead man. now onto my real comment.

    this whole thing is an embarassment. both parties are a joke catering to their bases, not negotiating with each other, throwing insults back and forth. this is why career politicians, as well as redistricting is bad for the country.

    October 1, 2013 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  9. Philip Kaczar

    They have all lost my vote. I balance my budget personally and monthly and have done so for years. Until we put pressure on them to go without pay, benefits, and have to work 2 jobs, They won't ever get it right. On the bright side, its the only way we can get them to stop spending. Just shut the doors. I'm all for it. I don't need to depend on the Government for anything, especially health insurance...

    October 1, 2013 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  10. ryan

    Laughing at t he dems because they just don't get it....why is it ok to give over 1200 waivers to groups exempting them from obanacarw, but it s unthinkable to delay the individual mandate just as president obama did for corporations.....

    October 1, 2013 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  11. Paige

    What about the poor people ?

    October 1, 2013 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  12. Marc

    I think they need to pull their big girl panties up and be leaders !!!!!!! What a shame

    October 1, 2013 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  13. Guest

    This is absolutely ridiculous. The fact that our elected officials cannot for the life of them pull their heads out of their asses and actually make decisions is just sad. All of their "hard work" just screwed over the true hard working individuals that make up this country. It's an embarrassment for both parties; stop acting like spoiled little rich brats.

    October 1, 2013 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  14. Name gerry

    GPO Republicans knows that if this bill get passed, their pockets will not be lined anymore with pay offs. The House is being paid under the table that's why they can't pass any thing

    October 1, 2013 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  15. NameBrian

    The president did the right thing!!! He take a stand and he did not go back on his word.

    October 1, 2013 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  16. Me

    Golf time!

    October 1, 2013 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  17. dannymix

    They shutdown the gov but i bet they still get the weekly pay

    October 1, 2013 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  18. VIORCA

    The Republican Potty THIS TIME they really did it, right out the box

    October 1, 2013 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  19. Rod

    Shut it down!

    October 1, 2013 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  20. Not republican or democrat

    I am not republican or democrat. I vote for who I think is going to do the best job for our country. My question is, how can you blame the republicans? I'm not republican, but from what I see, they are the only ones that have tried to do anything to work this out. All the democrats have done (including the President), is say they will NOT negotiate in any way. It sounds like they are saying it's my way or the highway. Instead of even being in office trying to work this out, the President is out playing golf. He is willing to negotiate with other countries, but not with Americans? That just sounds bad on the Presidents part to me. Does he not care what his refusal to even negotiate is doing to the country? It looks as though to me that he knows, but doesn't care. Even if he was not going to change his mind, don't you think he should have at least been on the job acting as though he cared instead of playing golf, worrying about other countries, & pretty much standing in the face of every American & saying, It's my way or no way at all, no matter what you want I'm not even going to discuss it with you. I don't blame anyone other than the President himself.

    October 1, 2013 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  21. Tom

    Tonight I am embarrassed to say I am an American. I am happy to say that I am no longer a Republican! They are absolutely discussing and yet we continue to elect them because we are not looking at the destruction they cause to our country. It was ironic to hear an interview with TEA PARTY BOBBLE HEAD CRUZ where he kept saying that Obamacare wasn't looking out for small businesses.. Really...... When have republicans looked after us? Is Obamacare perfect, no. Is it needed, yes! It is time that we as Americans educate ourselves on who we are electing. Don't vote for a party, vote for the country, and the person that can do the best job!
    To the many Americans ( not Canadians, Mr Cruz ) who will suffer without a check remember you have a voice.... Vote these idiots out! They act like a bunch of children pouting because they lost, and continue to lose! Sad to think I was once a Republican!

    October 1, 2013 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  22. 1voter

    Good. Don't give in. Stick it to Obama!

    October 1, 2013 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  23. Name

    Will food stamps stop?

    October 1, 2013 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  24. Manish Aggarwal

    It is so sad to see how personal interests become priority for supposedly public servants. It is hard to believe how congress can shut down people life over their selfish motives. So much irresponsibility from our so called leaders. You bring disgrace to America and it's people.

    October 1, 2013 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  25. cosmo

    Im glad they called Obama..He didn't think they would do it. Its not like its a big deal, its been shut down many times in the past. They always make it out like its dooms day. So you cant go to the zoo. Obamacare needs to be dealt with to where it will work right for the people.

    October 1, 2013 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
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