September 30th, 2013
11:46 AM ET
7 years 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. Nicky

    I'm tired of all the blaming... The Repubs in The House has reached out and asked to defund the crappy Obamacare for one year... So why don't Harry and Obama do so.. They have already gave "Big Business" a one year waiver and of course Obama and Congress are exempt from it... Let's not forget that the IRS who will be enforcing it wants out...

    So I say if Obama and Congress are excluded so should the American people...

    September 30, 2013 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  2. usual suspects

    No one cares about Benghazi...... hello?

    September 30, 2013 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  3. freedom

    He speaks like a true dictator.

    September 30, 2013 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  4. sly

    I watched the movie 'Lincoln' this weekend – the House hasn't changed much has it? Tea Party then voted to legalize slavery.

    150 years later and the same white racists are in Congress trying to destroy the American government.

    September 30, 2013 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "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."

    No, you couldn't, because the "clean" bill WOULD pass the House. it would get every single Dems' vote and likely at least 50-60 GOPers who don't want to go down on the USS Teatroll and who feel fairly safe that even when the Teatrolls primary them for it, they'll still win their nomination in 2014. There are GOPers in the House already saying that it's time to just pass the "clean" CR. In fact, this is precisely why Boehner is refusing to even let it come to the floor for a vote: BECAUSE HE KNOWS IT WOULD PASS, AND HE CAN'T ALLOW THAT YET OR HE'LL BE OUSTED AS SPEAKER.

    September 30, 2013 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  6. Marty, FL

    The Senate already passed a clean bill with compromises from both sides and overwhelming bipartisan support.

    Boehner has the biparitsan votes to pass the Senate clean bill in the House. He and his TGOP extreme will own an irresponsible shutdown if their Speaker refuses to bring it up for vote. Period.

    September 30, 2013 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  7. Patrick Cavanaugh

    The Republicans could not be more vile, caustic and shameful. The BIG Problem is that they are protected within their voting districts.

    September 30, 2013 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  8. DaveLake

    I vote mostly the Democratic ticket but I have voted the Republican ticket in the past when I felt that individual was the better candidate. Now I will not vote Republican because it seems even what I consider a good candidate will be held captive by the Tea Party and other super conservatives in the Republican Party.

    September 30, 2013 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  9. Herbert

    Republicans wants to shut down the government...... Let Republicans shut down the government. We just have to shut them out come November 2014. Enough is enough. As a former Republican, you lost the election. Lick your wounds and move on. Cut out this choke in the neck threats of government shut down, acting like 3-year olds, still trying to vote on election you already lost. This is insane.

    September 30, 2013 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  10. JeffinDC

    I so hope to have insurance one day. I wish I could by into Medicare. Mom gets great care.

    September 30, 2013 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  11. rosethornne

    There should be an IQ test to be allowed to serve in elected office. They should at least have to be able to answer the questions on a naturalization/citizenship test, which I guarantee the teabagglicans would fail fail fail

    September 30, 2013 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  12. MM

    Need to shut down ~90% of the government. Start with:
    – IRS: Gone.
    – National Education Association: Gone.
    – HUD: Gone.
    – Obamacare: Gone.

    September 30, 2013 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  13. Emily

    Tomorrow the Affordable Care Act Law, not bill, will be accessible to Americans, the government will be forced to spend millions on the shutdown, and millions of workers will be home unsure whether they're getting paid. And the GOP insists its an advocate for the good of the public? Another exercise in futility.

    September 30, 2013 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  14. The Elephant in the Room

    My 9 year old niece is brilliant. She asked me to explain this whole government shutdown situation and why it was happening. Iexpalined the Schoold House Rock version of how a bill gets passed. I then simplified the government shutdown discussion down to a House of Representatives bill that couldn't pass the Senate without compromise . . . . by somebody . . . I didn't warp the child with my bias.

    This beautiful, smart child asked wouldn't it fair to have the Senate vote on whatever passed the House of Representatives AND have the House of Representatives vote on whatever passed the Senate. I couldn't only smile. Well wouldn't it ??

    Out of the mouths of babes, ehh?

    September 30, 2013 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  15. big willy

    Let me ask you get paid by the Republican party for your comments?

    September 30, 2013 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  16. Rick McDaniel has shut down 17 times in the past.

    It most CERTAINLY can happen.

    September 30, 2013 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  17. Grow Up

    All of you are insane.

    Every single person has acted irresponsibly at the highest levels of our government. DO NOT place the blame on the GOP.

    A majority of Americans oppose Obamacare, it has hurt businesses and employee benefits/pay, and many are choosing not to use it and to pay the penalty for not having healthcare rather than pay Obamacare premiums.

    This article could easily be republished as – Republican's stand up for large segment of American society.

    So shove your bias, all of them are pushing their ideology down our throats – both parties and dream on about removing either.

    September 30, 2013 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  18. Phil

    2 groups of children bickering back and forth, neither side will compromise with the other

    September 30, 2013 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  19. rs

    Jack 2

    Now this freak Obama is balming it on the election results. He's the one that lied on benghazi to pritect his election.
    Why the Right is in trouble... their echo chamber is still stuck on their Benghazi lies, or their IRS lies, or their ACA lies.
    The President won the last election by supporting the ACA. Thats a fact. The GOP has continually threatened government shutdown to get their way- that is a fact. The GOP have a 10% approval rate in the House and a 39 % approval rate over all- facts. The President- 44%. The GOP has lost ground with women, and every minority and age group except white males over 50-fact.

    Go ahead GOP hold another useless vote on the AC. Keep doing what you're doing. Crash the government. It obviously isn't doing you any good.

    September 30, 2013 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  20. memememe27

    it's already taken a hit....look at the stock market

    September 30, 2013 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  21. rbnlegend

    The ACA passed, a while back. If the republicans don't like that, too bad. They have to do their job anyway and send a budget to the senate that will pass, and one that the president will sign. They have wasted time passing legislation to repeal it more than 30 times already, this year, and not once did the senate or the president approve of those bills. Why do they think maybe they can get away with it on this attempt?

    This is not how government works, members of the house. You can't un-pass bills you don't like when budget time comes around, no matter how much you want to. You don't want to establish that precedent. You don't want to make that how our government works.

    If you see problems with the ACA, address those problems. Individually. We all know, if you could repeal it, you wouldn't. You aren't going to stand up in front of a crowd and say "today I brought back the donut hole tax for senior citizens. Today I took away insurance from people age 21-26 who were covered under their parents policies. Today I took away coverage from individuals with serious health problems who have exceeded their lifetime maximum. Today I gave the insurance industry back the ability to deny coverage using recision." There are too many benefits in Obamacare to make repealing the whole thing anything other than political suicide. I know, they claim they will immediately pass legislation to re-fix all those problems, but look at them. They can't pass anything, much less a new version of healthcare reform that that have been fighting against for so very long.

    September 30, 2013 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  22. Taken4granted

    If the President of the US is threatening to veto any House of Congress even if it passes the Senate, then who is the dictator in this scheme. I would say he should also be blamed for this shutdown for not giving in to compromise where everyone wins, taking care of the debt ceiling and taking of the one year waiver of funding Obamacare.

    September 30, 2013 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  23. Navy PhD

    –Your concept of foreign policy is worse than your grasp of the English language. Learn to spell. Learn to write.

    September 30, 2013 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    Obama, you are just as responsible. Quit playing politics for the next election which is exactly what you are doing. Congress could send you the bill you want, and you are right about that.. but you could also sign the bill you don't want and just as well stop the shutdown. So lets be honest, you Mr. President are willing to shut all this down for one small part of a are willing to hurt millions for your Obama care.. Now I am not saying this to hurt you or support republicans, I am saying it because I am intelligent enough to know it is BOTH your fault, not more theirs than yours or yours than theirs.

    September 30, 2013 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  25. Charles

    The tea partiers are either insane or evil.

    September 30, 2013 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
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