September 30th, 2013
11:46 AM ET
1 year 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. Susan

    It's unfortunate that obama could not stand up and deal with the issues before the axe is falling on our necks. He is one of the most reckless and useless individuals I have ever seen in political office let alone the presidency.

    September 30, 2013 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  2. Sol Deus

    The great leader has proclaimed something, so CNN will assume it is true. This is as much on the Dems as the Reps currently. OC is not popular and on this issue the people are with the Reps. The Dems are so concerned about avoiding the appearance of a setback, that they are willing to crash the economy to protect their disaster. Of course, they know that their media friends will try their best to frame the issue around blaming only one side.

    September 30, 2013 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  3. Bill

    How we got to this place is beyond me.

    Many here feel our military doesn't deserve to get paid on time is straight up SHOCKING.
    To these commenters, its "no big deal".

    Meanwhile OUR soldiers and their families need to pay mortgages and their own bills.

    September 30, 2013 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ Lynda Minnesota
    My girl!!!
    @ tom l
    YAWN.

    September 30, 2013 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  5. $$$$

    @SickoftheGOP
    Thank you GOP for screwing up my retirement – again......
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    Sounds like someone is not bright enough to mange their own financial affairs. Perhaps you should stamp your feet and start crying after that statement.

    September 30, 2013 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  6. pappy

    They are all useless. Kick all of them out. The two party system needs to go with them.

    September 30, 2013 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  7. stating the obvious

    The Republican House already did pass a clean funding bill. They funded the government minus the steaming pile of dog poop known as Obamacare. It doesn't get much cleaner than that for the American people. But Obama and the Democrats are insisting on forcing that steaming pile of dog poop down the throats of the American people and are willing to shut down the government in order to make you eat it "willingly".

    September 30, 2013 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  8. jmbraider86

    I can believe the president can get off his butt and get this worked on. its all members of the governments fault they all should be kick out of office and we should just start over get rid of everyone from congress and kick Obama to the curb where he belongs its time for the American people to take OUR country back from these thieves

    September 30, 2013 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  9. HenryMiller

    Avoiding shutdown is simple: Democrats just have to quit acting like dictatorial jerks.

    September 30, 2013 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  10. jalek

    I was overseas when the Congressional Bank fiasco happened and US Treasury checks became uncashable, nobody wanted US paper promises. The only value the dollar has is in the faith that it has value, so talk of default risks more than a S&P bond rating drop.

    September 30, 2013 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  11. Jayvee2

    The Affordable Care Act is LAW. I expect my elected legislators to uphold the law, not hold the government hostage because they differ with it. Childish.

    September 30, 2013 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  12. DerpGopDerp

    So the GOP wants to use this government shutdown as a means to try to smear the president. If thats not a case of severe retardation, I dunno what is.

    September 30, 2013 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  13. Cheryl A

    If the Republican party feels it is worthwhile to damage the American economy for 100s of millions of Americans, many struggling to keep housing and food on the table, so that they can win concessions, it is time for the Republican party to secede from the Union.

    September 30, 2013 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  14. Norman

    what is the GOP doing? Funding for Obamacare is NOT part of the budget (less than 1%)! the obstructionist GOP is destroying itself

    September 30, 2013 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  15. Randy

    blame! Blame! Blame! who are the morons that voted these clowns in year after year!!!! Lmfao

    September 30, 2013 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  16. Kathy

    Shut it down! I am sick and tired of this president and nancy trying to rob us while we are looking right at them.

    September 30, 2013 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  17. toolttime

    So how does the government save everyday they are shut down??

    September 30, 2013 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  18. just saying

    wow!!! did you notice all the hard questions obama answered during that little presidential tantrum??? zero, zilch, nada. very enlightening. just do as he says. no need for answers or negotiations. after all, the emperor has spoken.

    September 30, 2013 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  19. Norman

    you mindless GOP sheep-Obamacare is LAW-it cannot be defunded-sorry idiots-this wont work.

    September 30, 2013 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  20. Aurora Chuck

    OMG! The end of the world is near! Parks closing, cats and dogs living together, etc. Those darn Republicans! How come the President cannot DELAY his ACA one year? He's delayed so many parts of it already!

    September 30, 2013 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  21. Raymond

    The ACA is not ready to be implemented! Why not take a year and work out the issues? Because this president is so arrogant and just like in Syria with his ridicules red line; he would rather destroy this country and the will of the people just to save face!

    September 30, 2013 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  22. JM

    So ridiculous, pointless, foolish: a government 'shutdown'.

    September 30, 2013 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  23. tom l

    @Lynda
    "You are an instigator. I raised one daughter who would continually try and pit herself against her two sisters. Thankfully, she got beyond the childishness and has become a remarkable women in her own right. I hope at some time in the future, you'll understand and heed my comment. For your own betterment. Not mine, or DM4O.

    As it is, one of the reasons I've decided to stop blogging politics is because of those such as yourself. While you pretend to not favor one side over the other, you are in your glee when pitting one side against the other. As an adult, I find this totally unacceptable and not worth the bother of listening to day after day."

    It is this kind of lack of perspective or self awareness of the left that is so frustrating. So...let's see here, I am an instigator because I have a difference of opinion from you but Sniffit, Rudy, rs, DMFO and the rest are not? They have called the repubs terrorists, teabaggers....I couldn't even write all of the names that your side calls the repubs.

    And I have never said that I don't prefer one side over the other. I have constantly said that I prefer the repubs as the lesser of 2 evils. But that's the difference between people like you on the left who think the govt is good and that one side actually cares while the other is just a bunch of mean spirited, hateful people. I know that they are all politicians and don't care about you, me or DMFO. They just want money, power and to be re-elected. It's the naivete of the left that is so bewildering. And how do you expect me to not challenge DMFO when she says something like she said earlier. Is that not an outlandish statement...there are repubs who don't want to fund the govt so Obama can be in harm's way? Wow.

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

    What everyone seems to forget is that our President watched his mother die of cancer while being hounded by insurance companies refusing to pay for her final days. He promised her that he would fix things if possible, this is not a President running loose he is on a quest and who among us could blame him!!! We should be applauding him for honoring his mother's legacy a legacy called the affordable care act!!!

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

    Hey Susan, where were during the 8 years before Barak Obama became president?

    September 30, 2013 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
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