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. Ann

    Are you aware that the Democrats voted themselves yet ANOTHER exemption to laws by providing themselves a subsidy for health care benefits????? I don't get one – YOU don't get one. As a nation, we have to stop spending more than we take in – however that happens. The Democrats and Obama have refused to work side-by-side with Republicans – it's his way or the highway. This is the result. And Obama is on TV now telling the nation that it's the Republicans that caused it. Noooooo, not how I see it.

    October 1, 2013 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  2. Fair is Fair


    Currently The Affordable Health Care Act is the law. Not paying for it is not an option.
    It would not be without precedent. GWB signed into law the construction of the border fence in San Diego and it was funded by congress. When dems took control, they defunded it.

    October 1, 2013 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  3. Kc


    The president finally made the speech he needed to make!!!

    October 1, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  4. kirk

    The rulublicans dont fear a shutdown, there not scared of your vote, only superpac money, the ones they represent ate not susceptible to a shutdown, their rich already, and spending money to keep it that way, while making you foot the bill cause they dont want to

    October 1, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  5. Woman In California

    While we're waiting to hear how well the Speaker slept last night, I would also like to know if he ate a good breakfast, played golf and thanked his party for a job well done.

    Meanwhile, the suffering persists for those who've been affected.

    October 1, 2013 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  6. indicus

    Pretty sad day for democracy in America. Frankly I think that this will backfire on the Republicans. I am a fairly moderate conservative and am sad to think that the extremes of both parties are forgetting the wishes and well being of the vast majority of Americans in a sandbox attempt to have their own way. Yes, know they both do this from time to time, but it is still pretty sad. They are forcing me to vote for the idiot Democrat that currently holds my House seat so send the Republicans a message. The tail is wagging the dog in the Republican Party. Remember, that is the end that stinks.

    October 1, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  7. Pat

    I don't get it. Why are we concentrating so hard on new when we can't fix the old. The deficit, the threats, drugs, border issues. This is what needs to stop first. Now we are adding more fuel. Healthcare is important but what good is it for people that have no jobs and can't pay. Now its going to cost me more. My son is trying to get through grad school and now he will have to pay more. I say put this off for another year, fix what is still wrong and never was fixed. We are all fed up. Stop, Stop, Stop!!!

    October 1, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  8. z

    if this were the private sector we would all be fired. My suggestion is get everyones name for the next election and vote them out.

    October 1, 2013 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  9. Christian Achkar

    The election is over. The arguments are should be finished. As bad as The Affordable Care Act may be to some, this is now the law. I find it outrageous that some republicans feel they need to do this in order to prove a point so they win reelection. That's what this is all about unfortunately.

    October 1, 2013 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  10. Bob

    The actions of this political minority is tantamount to economic terrorism. Not only does it hold the population of the country hostage to their demands, it weakens the ability of the government to function properly. Veterans were required to take an oath to protect this country from enemies both foreign and domestic. At what point do these economic terrorists cross the line?

    October 1, 2013 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  11. McShannon

    We could stop subsidizing the arms dealers in America by taking out provisions that most of money in our aid packages must be used to support e.g. one of Boehner's favorite lobbyist Lockheed Martin. Why would we give money to them and take away domestic programs. Billions upon Billions of dollars to American arms manufacturers through aid packages. Boehner's family bar business mostly patronized by Lockheed Martin employees and well, obviously they have jobs.

    October 1, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  12. Jen

    ENOUGH!! We voted our representatives into office and we should have the power to vote them out. YOU ARE FIRED!!! We as Americans continue to let them suck our tax dollars dry...get paid for a job they are not doing...and again we all pay the price and we sit here and vent on each other etc.etc. We need to let them know they can and will not continue to get away with making Americans think they need to follow poor judgement made by the very same people we believed would have our best interest. Each state needs to start the process to remove them from office..maybe then and only then they will know the American public also means business..we have had ENOUGH!! Ask yourself one question: Would you have a job if you did this at work? I don't know about you but I want a change.

    October 1, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  13. rs

    News from abroad (The Guardian):

    "Yet, rather than accept the reality of Obamacare, Republicans are using the prospect of a government shutdown and/or a default on the nation's debt to try to stop it.

    In key respects, this dispiriting series of events is the logical conclusion of the Republican party's descent into madness. The GOP has become a party dominated by a group of politicians who are fundamentally nihilistic, contemptuous of democracy and willing (even proud) to operate outside the long-accepted norms of American democracy.

    Remember that "apology tour".....looks like we'll be explaining the GOP's insanity too.

    October 1, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  14. PeterD

    What's up with this BIg Fonts Headlines on Main Page CNN? Trying to outsmart FOX News? Not going to work.....................

    October 1, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  15. PeterD

    CNN is defacto arm of Obama's White House.

    October 1, 2013 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  16. Joe McWilliams

    If John Boehner keeps preaching that he is trying to do what the vast Americans want, why are there only negative comments from everyone on the street? I have not heard one interview of a person on the street that is in favor of what the Republicans, and the speaker of the house is doing to the American public. Come on CNN, can you find the other side of the story? Or does it not exist?

    October 1, 2013 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  17. dannyCali

    What is the "rule of law"? Everyone must follow the low, Leaders must obey the law, Government must obey the law and No one is above the law. Now "Obama care" or "Affordable Health Care Act" was passe by the Congress, by Senate, Supreme Court and sign to law by President. So, why those leaders and Congress not obey the law??????

    October 1, 2013 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  18. les hino

    Where is the free awesome package Obama promised everyone. Please foolish people, take off the blindfolds. The middle man will again pay for this .My rates already went up cuz I don't want the cheap package his plan has to offer. If you are a tax payer we will be paying for all the people without plans and medi-cal people! If you are free healthcare now...this doesn't concern you. We will continue to take the brunt. FOOLS

    October 1, 2013 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  19. les hino

    of course Liberal.....AOL posts only what they agree with.

    October 1, 2013 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  20. Michael Benjamin

    Republicans tacitly admit defeat by latest approach of funding discrete government functions.

    October 1, 2013 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  21. sly

    GOP shutdown leader Cruz stated that "after we repeal affordable health care, we should privatize public education".

    Yep ... think of how much money we could make if we make parents pay for elementary school?

    October 1, 2013 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  22. sebastian

    Govt. was shut down not because of #obamacare.
    It is just politics.

    October 1, 2013 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  23. rs

    So I noticed in your response you didn't address the main point. So, champ, you still going with the "tiny, teeny $95" argument or will you own up to your obvious ommision of the OR "1% of household income and in 2016 it goes up to $695 and 2.5% of your income" part?
    As opposed to 100% when a catastrophic illness strikes?

    October 1, 2013 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  24. The Real Tom Paine

    -les hino

    Where is the free awesome package Obama promised everyone. Please foolish people, take off the blindfolds. The middle man will again pay for this .My rates already went up cuz I don't want the cheap package his plan has to offer. If you are a tax payer we will be paying for all the people without plans and medi-cal people! If you are free healthcare now...this doesn't concern you. We will continue to take the brunt. FOOLS
    Since when is the concept of purchasing your own insurance an " awesome free package"? Another example of the Conservative Biploar Oppositional Defiance Disorder ( CBODD).

    October 1, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    "it is the average guy who has to adhere to the law and big business does not. "

    What the hell are you even talking about? Do you even know how the ACA works? What's in it? In one breath you're complaining about small tax penalties on individuals, which cost less than the exchange premiums, as if they are massive coercion to buy insurance that costs more than the penalty...and then in the next breath you're pretending that "big businesses" don't actually have to pay massive fines if they refuse to provide health insurance benefits that comply with the ACA's requirements to their employees. "Big business" certainly does have to "adhere to the law." The "coercion" factor is, in fact, far greater in terms of corporations/employers than it should be.

    October 1, 2013 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
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