September 30th, 2013
11:46 AM ET
8 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. tom l

    I stand corrected. I think it is wrong for the house repubs to not bring the new senate bill to the floor. However, there are so many wrong things here that it's hard to pick just one. But to rs, Sniffit the Corporatist, Rudy, Lynda, DMFO, Wake Up and the rest of the libs here, I acknowledge that this isn't right. However, I think it is also highly ironic, and dare I say hypocritical, for those on the left to be so loud about not bringing a vote to the floor. Harry Reid has done this on several occasions. This is another reason why both parties stink.

    September 30, 2013 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  2. Data Driven


    "I see a problem with the Democrats refusing to pay the military"

    Keep up - the servicemen and servicewomen will get paid. It's on a separate bill. The House passed it and the President will sign it.

    September 30, 2013 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  3. doodah

    Do the Republicans understand this is the breaking point for them/

    September 30, 2013 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  4. Richard Schmick

    I sure wish all of congress were non-essential govenment employees. The certainly have not proved their worth in the last 20 years. Stop paying them and see how long the government is shut down. They should build a concrete wall aaround the beltway and shoot anything that tries to crawl out!

    September 30, 2013 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    @tom L –

    Reid doesn't have the votes to "pass" Boehner's extortion attempts and he is trying to protect moderate Republicans from being ridiculed by the Tea Party. Reid is doing the right thing.

    September 30, 2013 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  6. jdavis

    Here is the deal, these politicians do not care about the average American citizen, they care about what they are paid to care about, their own special interests. They don't care that middle class is now scratching to get by , they don't care about the lack of jobs , they don't care about all of the people who sit back and worry every single day about what is going to happen next. Millions are cutting back to the bare necessities to get by and yet they are struggling to put food on the table, these are not lazy people these are people doing everything they can to keep their head above water and all it will take is one illness or catastrophe to send them into homelessness. Do the politicians care? NO . The politicians seem to think that the American people live like the heads of these large corporations who do not have to worry about how to pay their bills. Maybe its time our government was made up of people who are your average citizen rather than a bunch of wealthy people who are not in touch with the people.

    September 30, 2013 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  7. JD

    It's like watching two petulant children throwing a tantrum because they were told to share their favorite toy.

    Campaign finance reform and term limits (one and done) are the only hope for the future this country has left.

    September 30, 2013 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  8. Steve

    Do House Republicans understand what is going on? ANY bill that includes defunding the ACA in whole or for a set time will not pass the Senate, nor would the President sign it. These people are simply wasting time and effort, something they are very good at. If the Government is shut down, every GOP member who would not pass a straight debt ceiling raise should be brought up on charges of treason.

    September 30, 2013 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  9. Know Your Subject

    Who keeps saying 'no' to any and every proposal and absolutely demand to get exactly their way?

    September 30, 2013 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  10. Sandra LeVin

    Who actually wants "Obamacare??" And WHY??

    September 30, 2013 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  11. boungiorno

    America decision is hanging in the balance GOD SPEED

    September 30, 2013 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  12. jinx9to88

    Shutter Down!!! With the House at a 10% approval rating, we all know who will take the hit at the polls.

    September 30, 2013 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  13. Normal In NH

    While the approach is all wrong, GOP on record trying to stop the train wreck named Obama care. The record will matter in the 2014 mid-terms.

    September 30, 2013 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  14. LAG

    As a Government employee who now most likely will go through my second furlough of the year, this is painful. Looks like I'll be requesting a suspension of payment of my parents plus loan because of all of this. I still can't understand why we're talking continuing resolution in the first place?! Did Congress forget that it's supposed to be a BUDGET that gets passed at this time of year?? As a Contracting Officer I am a steward of tax payer money and federal law. It would make me feel a whole lot better if those who make the laws, that I follow, follow them themselves and pass a BUDGET!!!

    September 30, 2013 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  15. Data Driven

    @Sandra LeVin,

    "Who actually wants "Obamacare??" And WHY??"

    The Who: People who don't have health insurance, or who have very poor health insurance that costs a lot without providing a lot of coverage.

    The Why: Because these people want health insurance, or better health insurance than the barely regulated industry currently provides.

    September 30, 2013 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  16. Kiril Selverov

    It's absolutely shocking that politics is more important than the country or the people in it... None of the folks up there deserve to be elected ever again. They should all be fired, since they don't do anything more than a typical coffee machine would do - i.e., do what they have been programmed to do, without a shred of thought.

    September 30, 2013 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  17. ddrew78

    Why does the spending bill get anything unrelated tied to it, such as delaying the ACA? Spending bills of any kind, be it an actual budget or CR, should always be standalone pieces of legislation.

    September 30, 2013 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  18. Bill

    We already voted on this by proxy during Obama's re-election in which he took ALL of the swing states, The US Supreme Court has already weighed in and allowed Obamacare to move forward, this is yet another pathetic attempt by the GOP to prohibit the will of the people.

    September 30, 2013 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  19. Data Driven

    "None of the folks up there deserve to be elected ever again."

    A lot of "plague-on-both-their-houses" WISHFUL THINKING from many folks tonight. It's an indulgence and a false sense of superiority that you cannot afford. ONE political party is responsible for the crisis tonight: the Republican Party. Paying our bills should not be a partisan process; the GOP has turned it into one, extorting demands on the other party who BEAT THEM last year, as if the election never took place.

    If America has buyers' remorse, then let them vote out the Democrats in 2014 and 2016. Until then, we need to pay our bills. Do it not, and financial chaos might ensue if this shutdown drags on longer than a month.

    September 30, 2013 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  20. Bill

    Go ahead and shut down the government GOP and you'll get more of what you got the last time you shut down the government. The GOP are nothing but a failed party and it's time Americans held you responsible for your ignorant and irresponsible actions

    September 30, 2013 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  21. Susan

    This is why McCain lost his bid to be president. He does not stand on principle. The Republicans are doing the right thing. You can't expect the House to pay for something that it doesn't want and the nation cannot afford.

    September 30, 2013 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  22. usual suspects

    Tomorrow will be a great day in America. Health care!

    September 30, 2013 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  23. Ed Byrd

    Again, Obama is showing how ineffectively he leads the US. The blame game continues, first it was Bush, now it's all Republicans.

    September 30, 2013 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  24. kaneda

    Shut it down! The less government the better!

    September 30, 2013 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  25. John

    Dem majority didn't read it and the Supreme court said it was a tax. Loks and smells like taxation without representation to me! It has to go! The government shutting down will mean a few days of privacy for us all, no money being spent on Green specail interest pork, and no new regulations on industry by the EPA choking jobs and the economy. Obama and his party are a failure.

    September 30, 2013 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
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