October 1st, 2013
07:25 AM ET
12 months ago

Government shutdown: 800,000 workers go without pay, and it doesn't stop there

Washington (CNN) – The game of chicken failed. Neither side blinked. Now millions will pay the price.

Americans watched a colossal failure by Congress overnight and the shutdown of their government.

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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. jpmichigan

    Every September the same stupidity begins with the budget, riding into an increase of the debit ceiling. Instead of taking a month vacation in August, several week off in July, why is it with this administration (which presents it's self as a dictatorship) it is always do as I say, if not it's the opposite parties fall, they never take OWNERSHIP! The President and his Democratic crew are just as much at fault as the Republicans and Tea Partiers. Obama and Congress ( Mr. Reid) do not follow the fact that there is a 3 branch system and that President can not change LAWS without going through CONGRESS. Waivers( ACA) to businesses and member (their aides) are UNFAIR to American People. Things will be come worse at increase the Debit Ceiling time.

    October 1, 2013 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    So?

    Obama's political aides will be out of work. Nothing more.

    October 1, 2013 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  3. jinx9to88

    I love this!! While GOP is playing "go fish" in the back room Obamacare is moving forward. Some GOP member's will have a lot more time on their hands come 2014.

    October 1, 2013 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Every member of Congress needs to forfeit their pay until this issue is resolved.

    October 1, 2013 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  5. Anonymous

    Get real. Every time that's happened, the government workers got paid anyway, making this just another paid vacation. The losers here are those who need their services and the private industry contractors who can't fill.

    October 1, 2013 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  6. Karin D

    Who "funds" the government? WE do Americans, stop paying Congressman and senators not to work. It IS our call, not theirs. And remember to remember all of this ridiculous crybabying that has hurt all of the American people...EXCEPT the losers who have created it. My suggestion is until those pantywaistes get back to business and give us back our rights and paychecks, stop spending, paying bills, or any taxes.

    October 1, 2013 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  7. Zerubbabel

    It is amazing how the GOP always talk about the rule of law when it comes to non democratic nations. But when it comes to them and a law they dislike, they throw the rule of law right out the window. They will twist and stretch every law to acheive their goal. I guess the ends justify the means to them, darn protocol and morality. I guess their fellow Americans and their children do not deserve the dignity and security of quality, affordable healthcare.

    October 1, 2013 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  8. Karin D

    Who "funds" the government? WE do Americans, stop paying Congressman and senators not to work. It IS our call, not theirs. And remember to remember all of this ridiculous crybabying that has hurt all of the American people...EXCEPT the losers who have created it, on voting day. My suggestion is until those pantywaistes get back to business and give us back our rights and paychecks, stop spending, paying bills, or any taxes.

    October 1, 2013 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  9. Zerubbabel

    The GOP's real fear is that the PPACA will work as well and be as well liked, 94 percent approval rate, as its sister, Romneycare, has in Massachussets. After all, the two programs were designed by the same people.

    October 1, 2013 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  10. Lori Barbosa

    Republicans who support this shutdown should be considered traitors to the country because they are leaving our country vulnerable to anyone who has an ax to grind with us. 800,000 people who are no longer watching our back. It's sickening, frightening, and unconscionable.

    October 1, 2013 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  11. Rudy NYC

    "The game of chicken failed. Neither side blinked. Now millions will pay the price."
    ---------------------------
    It never was a game of chicken. It was all about House Republicans passing bills that were complete non-starters. Come on, man. Let's be honest about this. Senate Democrats would have to be utter fools to pass a bill that funds the government for just a few weeks and dismantles the ACA. Why would Democrats accept such a bill that takes away far more than what it offers.

    October 1, 2013 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  12. notfooledagain

    They will all get back pay, they always have. Free vacation.

    October 1, 2013 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  13. Wilson

    There is not much difference between democrats and republicans any more. The only real difference is the republicans will destroy the country slower. Obama and the senate are taking this country down way to fast, leaving little hope for recovery. I'm glad the republicans stuck to their guns for a change, obamacare will cause almost irreparable damage to this country. We need "your average joe" to be elected to public office, no more rich people or elitists.
    $

    October 1, 2013 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  14. freedom

    Government shut-down AND no Obamacare – website dysfunctional. More proof is not needed to see this president is not about the American people. He's only about his own, narcissistic agenda.

    October 1, 2013 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  15. notfooledagain

    Does this mean there won't be White-house won't be having tours ?

    October 1, 2013 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  16. Gunderson

    Aw Shucks,
    So Government take away your Rubber Ducky. Now you have to pick up after you self. Don't worry, you soon get back Nanny State. The Conservatives know you can't take care of yourself so they feel sorry for you. But in case they don't, better learn how to hitch up them mules.

    October 1, 2013 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  17. wendel

    the republican party is a useless bunch of trolls that have picked up their marbles and gone home.

    October 1, 2013 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  18. Lynda/Minnesota

    Perhaps neither side blinked per se, but the GOP did prove how out of control is it. From the looks of it, they won't have control of their party for years to come. I'd say more (indeed I tried) but ... well, you know how it is.

    Hint: Wisconsin comes to mind.

    October 1, 2013 09:33 am at 9:33 am |