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. 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 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  2. Wilson


    Govt shutdown? You realize this means Hillary in 2016 right?
    Only if the wrong people get blamed. Obama and the senate owns this.

    October 1, 2013 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  3. L

    Really? A Shutdown? They all need to be fired and we need to start over. Their pettiness and childish actions has hurt our country and I don't believe that they care, because it does not affect them.

    October 1, 2013 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  4. Pat

    This is really sad a country as wealthy as the US their government shut down. All because they couldn't agree on a spending bill but they still get paid. this should have been worked out months ago. Obama Care is in effect so why government is shut down. It sends a message to the whole world congress is not for the people. To hear and see them react to the questions that are asked by the Media they're like children in a toy store. Congress get a grip consult God on issues if you had we wouldn't be here today in this situation.Get back to God people he's the answer to all our problems.Thanks CNN for asking the questions that the American people want answers to.

    October 1, 2013 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  5. Tom

    My question is how are they going to be held accountable for not doing their job to keep our country running?

    October 1, 2013 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  6. Michael

    if Obama wasn't black we would not be having this problem! plain & simple. every republican that's affiliated with the TEA PARTY should be slapped for their arrogance and for the manner they have handled this situation. their should be a rebellion against the Republican Party and just get rid of all of them replace them with a newer breed of politicians

    October 1, 2013 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  7. The Real Tom Paine



    Govt shutdown? You realize this means Hillary in 2016 right?
    Only if the wrong people get blamed. Obama and the senate owns this.
    Why is it " the wrong people"? Because the GOP held the budget hostage over the implementation of the ACA? Please don't bother talking about polling data, because when 90% of Americans wanted the gunshow loophole closed, the GOP cheerfully ignored it, citing the 2nd Amendment. The ACA is law, and delaying its implementation would not accomplish anything except to show that the GOP is willing to wreck the economy because they are not getting their way.

    October 1, 2013 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  8. Data Driven

    "Obama and the senate owns this."


    October 1, 2013 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  9. Sunny Vegas

    Grateful shutdown didn't stop OPM from mailing out retirement pension.
    Thank you!
    To you Wison.... please God, not Hillary. Bill was great, but......

    October 1, 2013 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  10. Anonymous

    Talk about unfairness in our structure. We get SHAFTED while the politicions still get THEIR PAY. They should be held responsible and be heavily penalized for having a situation like this happen. It reminds me of children in a schoolyard to see who is the biggest bully in order to get their way. The people that are running the government are very unfunctional and have created more problems than they have resolved. No materr what they say more people are out of work–or are working for far less that what they were. Everything is going to H- in a handbag and WE know Who is to blame and it is not President OBAMA.

    October 1, 2013 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  11. Sunny Vegas

    The Tea Party must go away or nothing is going to get done. I bet Boehner (AKA The Tan Man) is going to cry again.
    However, I do like their idea of delaying the new ACA Bill for a year while the kinks are worked out, but not at the expense of this shutdown. This shutdown, I believe, is going to be for awhile. Past the Budget talks. We (the American public) are going to be the people held hostage while they (Congress) continue to Ping Pong.

    October 1, 2013 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  12. Amazing

    How convenient that the GOP extremists that are holding the country hostage are actually still getting PAID. One had the audacity to say he needed the money to pay his bills. And what about the millions of Americans impacted by the GOP silliness? I guess they don't have bills to pay!

    October 1, 2013 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  13. tom l

    I will definitely agree that it must have been frustrating and I feel that it's wrong that the repubs wouldn't bring up the vote from the senate. However, people in glass houses should not throw stones. Please remember that Harry Reid continually did not bring up votes right around election time. He did it constantly. You can try to rationalize any way you want on the left but you're just being inconisistent and a bit hypocritical when you chastise repubs for not doing exactly the same thing that Reid has done in the past.

    October 1, 2013 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  14. james sullivan

    Lets all move to Canada

    October 1, 2013 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  15. ron

    a couple of questions. how are insurance payments made? through pay role, unemployment, s.s.i deductions? how often are payments made? also, we are on a plan through work, cannot drop until their "enrole/change/cancel period" in april. how does that work?

    October 1, 2013 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  16. Dallas

    No, President Obama and the senate do NOT own this – Boehner and his pack of tea party thugs own this one! They have just insured their defeat come November 2014l. Stand your ground Mr. President – do not give in to these jackals!

    October 1, 2013 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  17. Lynda/Minnesota

    Well, then. What exactly HAS John Boehner accomplished? Besides shutting down the government ... thus making it miserable for a whole lot of folks who have no dog in this show, and never did?

    October 1, 2013 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  18. tom l

    Should they have shut the govt down? Probably not. Did the repubs have reasonable requests like the medical device tax and making Congress live by the same rules (without special subsidies)? I think so. Were the repubs willing to compromise? Of course they were as their budgets showed that they were willing to give.

    The big question is...where was President Obama during this whole mess? He hadn't talked to Boehner in weeks. That's exactly what a leader would do. They wouldn't say things like "I don't have to negotiate". That is not inclusive. Yes, he won 2 elections but there is a huge population of Americans that did not vote for him. Those people have not been considered at all by this Administration. That's wrong.

    October 1, 2013 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  19. Data Driven

    @tom l.,

    "Did the repubs have reasonable requests like the medical device tax and making Congress live by the same rules (without special subsidies)? I think so. Were the repubs willing to compromise? Of course they were as their budgets showed that they were willing to give."

    All well and good, Tom, but this is not budget-time. This is paying-our-bills time. Let the GOP bring this stuff up at budget-time.

    This is extortion. The Dems, by the way, could do the same thing by attaching all kinds of important liberal priorities to a CR. But the Dems didn't do that. Only the Republicans did that.

    One side, and one side only, is in the wrong here.

    October 1, 2013 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  20. Rudy NYC

    The worst about all of this for Democrats is who do you sit down with to negotiate about anything? We learned during the debt ceiling debacle in 2011 that John Boehner cannot negotiate a deal with the White House and then pass it in his caucus. Since Mitch McConnell is fully engaged in a re-election campaign, he cannot compromise on anything.

    So who's left in the Republican Party to negotiate with? No one.

    October 1, 2013 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  21. obawendon

    Time for the laws to change and if they pull these stunts they also don't get their paychecks. Most are so wealthy it won't matter, but they still should not be paid or allowed to use their super insurance. Time for us to revolt and get the clowns in Congress to work or lose all benefits including their government pension. We in the private sector would not be allowed this kind of behavior and lack of work. Why do they get to? Time for us to become smarter about who we elect, and we also need to remove the ability for gerrymandering.

    October 1, 2013 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  22. Rudy NYC

    tom l

    Should they have shut the govt down? Probably not. Did the repubs have reasonable requests like the medical device tax and making Congress live by the same rules (without special subsidies)? I think so. Were the repubs willing to compromise? Of course they were as their budgets showed that they were willing to give.
    That's laughable. LOL LOL Democrats compromised by not dumping their own bucket list onto the table: i.e., background checks. Republicans passed bills that funded the government for a just a few weeks while dismantling the ACA. You might have a good argument if the funding bills were for a year or so, but they weren't. The bills were ideological thumbing of the nose, complete non-starters, all of them.

    October 1, 2013 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  23. Shari

    What a shameful day for Americans! Every member of Congress that supports this shutdown should be charged with treason, and have their salary, benefits and retirement stripped from them. This is inexcusable behavior. While the Republicans have their little temper tantrum, the rest of the world looks on and all Americans are ridiculed.

    October 1, 2013 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  24. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Rudy NYC
    If the Tea Party seriously thought that Senate Democrats would pass a bill like that, then they're crazier than we all thought.
    Yes Rudy they are crazy, like fox. And what allows them to act this crazy is the almost certain knowledge that they will be re-elected due to the gerrymanderring done in their districts. Very few of them are actually concerned about the fact that starting today people wholly dependent on food stamps to put a meal in their children's stomach once a day will no longer be able to do that.
    Their re-election is almost guaranteed you see. Between the millions upon millions of dollars that their undisclosed political donors will pour into their campaign coffers, and the almost certain ability that two months from now all except those most impacted will even remember this little "episode" (American Voter Amnesia) they can act as crazy, irresponsible and heartless as they want to be.
    On the other hand today kicks in Obamacare.
    Thank you Mr. President for putting your political neck on the line to bring us closer to par with the rest of the civilized world as it pertains to healthcare coverage and access.
    God bless you sir.

    October 1, 2013 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  25. Cynthia

    Embarrased to be an American today. In the real USA we are paid to come up with solutions or be fired from our job.

    October 1, 2013 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
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