Shutdown 1st day: Furloughs for many, some jobs are saved
October 1st, 2013
04:53 PM ET
1 year ago

Shutdown 1st day: Furloughs for many, some jobs are saved

Washington (CNNMoney) - Tens of thousands of federal workers came to work on the first day of the government shutdown Tuesday to sign furlough paperwork and turn on their out-of-office voicemail and email.

A few lucky ones discovered they were able to stay on the job for at least a few more days.

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  1. Lee

    Has all foreign aid been stopped. Since the government is shut down and the American people have to shoulder the burdens imposed, has the government stopped sending money to other countries?

    October 1, 2013 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  2. Woman In California

    And republicans rejoiced that they "stuck it to the president" as they went along on their merry way to the local bars and restaurants ALL on the U.S. taxpayers because for once, they've done a good days work.

    October 1, 2013 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  3. boungiorno

    this is all a ploy and tactic to sway americans away from being a country that thinks for itself now you can go look in the mirror ahh you do have 2 faces!

    October 1, 2013 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  4. jfc1

    Anyone else seeing the irony in a government that is supposedly "shut down" that keeps on functioning much as before because so much of it is "essential"?

    I don't support the Republicans but I do support a Moment of Clarity here.
    The federal government simply is not going to shut down.
    It is just going to pospone actually spending today what it will eventually spend later.

    October 1, 2013 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  5. jfc1

    @Woman In California

    ...you know you have truly Made It as a Republican when your idea of a success is forcing a National Period of Tough-Love on the entire country.

    October 1, 2013 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  6. I have a Question

    Isn't 800,000 people only about 20% of the federal workforce??? Companies have cut more than this and done fine. Maybe we could get rid of all this expense for good and save some real money?

    Actually this is why the Democrats are so afraid of government shutdowns. It becomes very clear how bloated government really is and how many people "work" there that are totally useless and could be done without.

    October 1, 2013 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  7. Silence DoGood

    Time to replace the Dem-Publican single party system with some new parties. When congress pulls a stunt like this they should be locked in session with no food and no pay until they GROW UP and work it out.

    October 1, 2013 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  8. Woman In California

    @jfc1
    Please don't misinterpret what I was saying. I am not in anyway, shape or form expressing gratitude for ANYTHING republican.

    October 1, 2013 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  9. kayla

    when i was a child i spoke like a child, but now that am old i put away childish things. please let me know when the repugs grow up

    October 1, 2013 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  10. Woman In California

    @ Profile Of A Republican...

    Most of what you said is true. However, I suspect most of these CATS (Cowards, Angry Tax cheats and Self serving) people are not making nearly what you projected. In fact, most of them are probably living in rural areas, growing their own food and eating meat only when they hunt for it. I don't get the impression they have anything other than a keyboard, a loud mouth and the dirty shirt on their backs.

    October 1, 2013 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  11. Nancy Jackson

    Shame on Congress for acting like fiighting children. They are a disgrace to our beautiful country. They should not be paid during the shutdown.

    October 1, 2013 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  12. slo

    If you do not sign up for Obamacare you will be fined "NOT ACCEPTABLE because if you only make the minimum wage $7.65 , have children and you have never been on welfare, TANIF or SNAP and you have to pay this fine what money will you have left to take care of yourself and your children. This is discrimination against the working people. What about all the people on welfare, receive food stamps, sell them for money, drugs, gold and TANIF and have Medicaid, why do they not have to pay anything. I am disgusted with this new law,

    October 1, 2013 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  13. What's in that tea anyway?

    Tell me Tea Troll supporters? Where do you work? Ok....That may be to hard for some of the posters I've seen here. Anyway, hypothetically speaking....If your company decides to change its policies, after receiving board approval (i.e. the American people through elections 2008 and 2012), vetted by the corporate attornies (i.e. the SCOTUS) and then executed by the CEO (i.e. Pres. Obama), you then decide you don't like it....so you and your band of fellow idiots say ..."we are are not going to do our jobs until that new policy is removed or changed." For those of you too challenged with figuring out this question, this is what happens; You Get Fired! ....remember that in 2014

    October 1, 2013 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  14. Disgusted

    It is bad enough that our two parties are constantly at odds, but my aggravation grows to a higher level when I listen to the biased news reporters. Can any of them report the news without adding their own slant? I thought it was called reporting, not making the story yours by adding personal comments, or badgering the people they are interviewing. I am so angry with all the news, it is not even worth watching!

    October 2, 2013 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  15. Cephus

    That's what happens when you put GOD second and you FIRST grace goes out through the door and you become the laughing stock of the world. Have you not learnt from the Romans?
    Reason why the Roman Empire fell – Antagonism between the Senate and the Emperor The Roman Emperor had the legal power to rule Rome’s religious, civil and military affairs with the Senate acting as an advisory body. The emperor had power over life and death. As in the old sayings "Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely" and ""Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who possess it". The powerful, wealthy Roman Emperors inevitably became corrupt and many lived a debauched and immoral lifestyle. The Roman Empire saw divisions between the Senate and the Emperors. Either the Senate didn't like the Emperor or the Emperors was at odds with the Senate. Comprede

    October 2, 2013 01:34 am at 1:34 am |