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. EJ

    Govt shutdown? You realize this means Hillary in 2016 right?

    October 1, 2013 05:45 am at 5:45 am |
  2. Bill

    We need to find out how to recall the GOP

    October 1, 2013 06:12 am at 6:12 am |
  3. Must B. Free

    If I needlessly cost my employer over a billion dollars, i would not have a job. Why are they still in office today? Can we walk them out of the building at noon.

    October 1, 2013 06:23 am at 6:23 am |
  4. Roy

    Anyone remember the obscure movie "Brewsters Millions"? Perhaps for the next election the American people should adopt the mantra "BOOT THE BUMS – NONE OF THE ABOVE".

    October 1, 2013 06:34 am at 6:34 am |
  5. Lynn

    The majority of the DoD personnel at the military installation where I work are furloughed. I hear the same from friends at other installations. Still have to show up this morning to be told to go home. Won't get paid for it, of course. We show up and don't get paid. Congress doesn't show yo and gets paid. That's equitable, right?

    October 1, 2013 06:47 am at 6:47 am |
  6. patrick

    congress will donate their pay..big deal they will just write it off their taxes. the rich get richer and poor get poorer

    October 1, 2013 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  7. Name carl

    Thanks alot Teapublicans. Throw out the GOP in 2014.

    October 1, 2013 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  8. Kathy Burklund

    Republicans will fail in all upcoming elections. They caused it themselves.

    October 1, 2013 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  9. Richard

    I have not gone outside since the sequester thing as I am afraid that airplanes would fall from the sky. Now the government is shutting down I will have to get an anti satellite tin foil hat on ebay. Just hope the free shipping dude survives. Oh the humanity.

    October 1, 2013 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  10. Anonymous

    I agree that cutting house and senate pay would certainly bring a quick resolution to the shutdown. I am incredibly disappointed with all these people making decisions for our country as well as for my family. We are strugglung to get out of debt, we have zero savings, and to top it off in a few hours no more income.. What a difference a day makes. I am afraid this will make our struggle yesterday look like a walk in the park. Oh boy are we screwd !!!!

    October 1, 2013 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  11. jh123

    The American people are responsible for the government shut down, you elected these people to both theSenate, Congress. If you do not like their actions vote them out of office now don't wait for an election.

    October 1, 2013 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  12. Dennis

    WE hired YOU to do a job. Apparently you can't. You should be fired. Thats what happens when a factory worker doesn't make a deadline. You have a job to do. Do it and stop dragging your feet.

    October 1, 2013 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  13. g

    the party that promotes buying guns instead of health care has to go

    October 1, 2013 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  14. LD

    How does congress expect us to pay our mortgage and bills without a pay check? Time to stop holding federal workers hostage. Do your damn job so we don't lose ours. Electiion year – you should all be voted out!!

    October 1, 2013 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  15. TONE

    right wingers on here just shut up if you do not have the facts your party is to blame for this shutdown the republikkklans. they cannot stand the idea that we have a black president pure racism here.

    October 1, 2013 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  16. Discussed American

    Discussed that our govt can't work together and have to fight like babies. Who suffers 800,000 federal workers that will be furloughed. We can lose our credit and/or houses for not being able to pay our bills. WHAT is congress thinking?? Cut the fat from their pay checks not mine – I have a family, mortgage and bills just like everyone else – but without a paycheck Congress is screwing us – again!! Time the american people took control over our govt – enough is enough!!

    October 1, 2013 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  17. tom l

    I got up the sun still rose in the east. I thought the govt being shut down might stop that...

    October 1, 2013 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  18. tom l

    2 big questions:
    1. Why is Congress and the President still getting paid during the shutdown?
    2. Why does Congress not play under the same rules as the rest of us and get a subsidy?

    October 1, 2013 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  19. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ usual suspects
    Your post, lengthy as it was, was worth reading every word! One of the best posts on Obamacare that I have read. Indeed, articles on Obamacare have not been as clear and as entertaining as your post.
    I don't know who you are, I don't care what Party you belong to. You've shown humanity, humor, and common sense and that makes you ACES in my book.
    Thank you so much for taking the time to post.

    October 1, 2013 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  20. Layed of Goverment Worker

    So I am one of hundreds of thousands of loyal Federal workers that are basically without a job right now. I have a family to support and everyday that we are out of work that is one more step of not being able to pay my mortgage or my lights. This isn't going to hurt just those that are furloughed but it trickles down to the communities. I have enough savings to last a couple of weeks after that I do not know what we are going to do. How is it fair the ones that put us in the situation are still getting paid during a shutdown. I know the next election who I will not be voting for. We need individuals that will do there job and not act like 5 year old children.

    October 1, 2013 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  21. Bobbby Blevins

    Congressmen and Senators need term limits of 8 years. Then maybe they will not be so entrenched with special insterest groups and actually pass legislation that does not put so many people out of work. I really agree with Mark.
    The Republican Party can't get their way and they are ignroing the political process.

    October 1, 2013 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  22. Anonymous

    It is with great disappointment that our leaders in Washington have chosen to continue his unnecessary bickering and squabbling to the point of shutting down the government. Well, those of you who have always wanted a smaller government now have no government at all. If you need government services.....tough, too bad, deal with it!

    Not only does this affect the millions who depend on the governments services and assistance, some who are the most needy. It also affects more than 800,000 federal workers who despite a majority of Americans not recognizing that they choose to serve their country with pride they are now without the pay they rely on to support their families.

    What is wrong with our leaders? They act like children. They don't get their way they continually

    October 1, 2013 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  23. james sullivan

    The Republican party is controlled by lobbyist for the Insurance companies not by citizens

    October 1, 2013 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  24. The Real Tom Paine

    -just saying

    The Real Tom Paine
    At least the Obama supporters work.
    yeah, we see them all 'working' at the occupy wall street camps.

    Besides, the faster the GOP dies off, the better. Keep shoveling those fries!

    so much for the compassionate left... news flash: leftists die too. and they eat fries too. and do more sitting on the couch waiting for their government checks
    So much for the Christian compassion of the Right: all the hate-filled garbage spewing forth from your orifice on a daily basis is proof that that conservatism has never been about the community or the nation, its about the individual screwing over everyone else. All of your arguments boil down to your mistaken belief that you, and you alone, support a vast legion of ingrates intent on picking your pocket, yet you do nothing to change that. Complaining, whining and playing the victim are the only cards the Right has left, a fact you make very obvious with your juvenile, egocentric posts. Another classic example of Conservative Bipolar Oppositional Defiance Disorder ( CBODD).

    October 1, 2013 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  25. Rudy NYC

    The Tea Party Republicans' bills have been willfully demeaning and insulting. The bill shouted out, "Take it or leave it." There was no possible way the Senate Democrats could pass any bill that offered a few weeks of continued funding while it dismantled the ACA. If the Tea Party seriously thought that Senate Democrats would pass a bill like that, then they're crazier than we all thought.

    October 1, 2013 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
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