September 30th, 2013
11:46 AM ET
10 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. Marcia Spink

    President Reagan raised the debt ceiling 18 times. The dems controlled the House and all that Speaker O'Neill asked was that the President ask the House, in writing, and guarantee 100 Republican votes. Nothing was attached to it – it was strictly a debt ceiling issue.

    September 30, 2013 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  2. Josh Scott

    Obozo fiddles as the US burns yet again.

    This is what we get for electing these incompetent retards in power.
    The US slips from superpower to third world country soon.

    September 30, 2013 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  3. TallTree

    Shut it down keep it shut down!!!

    September 30, 2013 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  4. Herewe Goagain

    Raise hell until Obamacare is repealed.

    September 30, 2013 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  5. Sam Mazarella

    This is just a side show. It's only a matter of time before the fed govt collapses under its own weight.

    September 30, 2013 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  6. wayne Jolliffee

    I recall that to pass Obamacare, congress was blackmailed, bribed and coerced anonly Democrats submitted to it. Does no one remember that No One in congress read the bill before it was passed? There was nothing on my ballot lsst November that said I was voting for Obamacare. Please stop this insanity. Pass a budget and don't spend taxpayers money to buy votes.

    September 30, 2013 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  7. Blitz

    What is unfortunate is the tea baggers are trying to legislate by cutting off funding for passed legislation. This is not the proper mechanism to legislate, but they could care less. They are incapable of compromise and have no business being in office.

    September 30, 2013 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  8. Lindsey

    Pay the military and shut the rest down until we get a meaningful deficit reduction bill. Perhaps another sequester is in order. Obamacare needs to be on the table also! It is time for congress to be serious about deficit reduction and if it takes a shutdown so be it! Our future is at stake not just next weeks paychecks for government employees!

    September 30, 2013 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  9. Bill

    To the soon to be ex leaders of the GOP;
    When you make impossible promises to right wing extremists,
    You ruin you political career.

    September 30, 2013 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  10. Rooney

    liberalism is a mental disorder

    September 30, 2013 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  11. Sean T

    Shut it down!

    September 30, 2013 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  12. SickOfBO

    BO doesn't get what he wants so it extortion? I'm not seeing any compromise from the left, but that is business as usual. At least the House broke into 2 pieces. Senate and WH want it all or nothing, not even considering a compromise!

    September 30, 2013 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  13. tom l

    @Sniffit the Corporatist
    "Ummm...and that's where you're wrong. THEY DID VOTE ON IT. It was shot down in the Senate 54-46. There's no obstruction on the Senate side. They voted on what the House handed them and it did not pass. Moreover, the "clean" bill came from following the procedures, voting on what the House produced, amending it to remove the "dirty" parts (i.e., the attacks on the ACA) and then passing the amended version. What don't you get about this? The Senate DID vote on what the House passed. It followed all procedures regarding what the House passed. The House GOP/Teatrolls are now refusing to vote on what the Senate passed. There is no "both sides are doing it" here."

    Now couldn't I return the volley and say that the Senate passed a bill (taking out all of the "dirty" stuff) hat has no chance of passing the House? Perspoctive my man, perspective.

    September 30, 2013 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  14. Rethuglicansfitupagain

    this was a non-starter from the beginning. Just more game playing by the rethuglicans, hold the whole country hostage and wine like bi$$es when you don't get your way. this was never going to pass and the thugs in the house refuse to negotiate in good faith. can't wait till more of these idiot tea party people get voted out as people realize they can't deliver anything by just holding the country hostage and threatening to blow the whole thing up if we don't give in to their demands

    September 30, 2013 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  15. Arlene G

    I am so sick to death of the Tea Party with their suicide vests on. I get it that many people don't like the POTUS, I get it that the Republican Party is in the midst of a Civil War. However I don't get it that the small but loud crowd on the lunatic fringe Right get to destroy the economy; yet again; because they don't like something the POTUS has done. The lunatic fringe is as bad as the Taliban. Domestic terrorists. And so are their insane followers

    September 30, 2013 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  16. Rob

    We are definitely supporting the GOP and the House of Representatives on this. We want the CR to fund the bare essentials of the federal government but we also want to eliminate Obamacare or at least postpone all of its effects until the next Congress can review and modify or repeal it. Just fund the government and put Obamacare on hold until 2015.

    September 30, 2013 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  17. James

    How did we end up with all of these spoiled children running the nation? I wish we could lock them all in a room and not let them out until they have reached an agreement.

    September 30, 2013 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  18. Sean T

    Alcohol being illegal was a law. I'm sure most people are happy that politicians didn't just say "oh it's a law, so we might as well just bow down to it." Don't be a moron. Shut it down!

    September 30, 2013 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    " He specifically cited Gingrich... which he equates to "welfare to work". Epic fail on his part again."

    It's a confusing issue actually, because the GOP loves or hates the EIC depending on who is in office and whether the poor need to be punished at the time for having voted a Dem into the WH. Clinton signed an expansion to it in 1993 (without a single GOP vote, despite their support of the 1986 and 1990 expansions), and that played a significant role in welfare reform, helping millions of poorer families. Gingrich then tried to blow up the balanced budget agreement in 1997 when Clinton fought for the poor to be able to claim both the EIC and the Child Tax Credit (which Gingrich of course characterized as "welfare"). Gingrich lost. Currently, the EIC is he GOP/Teatrolls' favorite thing to cite when they argue against raising the minimum wage, despite the minimum wage having lost about 25% of its purchasing power since last enacted.

    September 30, 2013 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  20. RedneckRita

    The really, really hilarious thing is the 85% of the people posting and screaming and yelling about Obamacare are ALREADY COVERED BY IT/feeling it's effects and they DON'T EVEN KNOW IT because they don't know how the law works. They just like to scream and yell. Who does that remind you of? Oh, yah, the Republicans!!

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

    Affordable health care law. What a joke. Dems and Obama like to pick and choose what they enforce. Now they are trying to preach to the republicans about law. How about enforcing laws we have on books, Obama.... last time i checked it was against the law to be in the U.S. illegally and yet they do not want to enforce that law. Get a reality check Dems

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

    HenryMiller

    Avoiding shutdown is simple: Democrats just have to quit acting like dictatorial jerks.
    _____________________
    And who sir is holding the Debt Limit and federal funding hostage? Why I believe that is the U.S. House of Representatives. For added points, the majority is: ____________________?

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

    The tea party is nothing but a bunch of white people who are used to getting their way all the time and when they don't they want to change the rules

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

    Those crazy Republicans: they actually want to keep the country from going bankrupt.

    September 30, 2013 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  25. Meh

    Quoted from Obama "I will attach no earmarks to anything I put into law" Gee they attached this stupid healthcare law to the Budget, yet another lie from the government

    September 30, 2013 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
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