US government shuts down as parties fail to reach deal

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October 1, 2013

WASHINGTON: Congress has missed the deadline for averting the first partial government shutdown in 17 years.

October 1, 2013

WASHINGTON: Congress has missed the deadline for averting the first partial government shutdown in 17 years.

As the clock struck midnight Monday (0400 GMT), House Republicans were demanding that the Senate negotiate their demand for a one-year delay in making millions of people buy health insurance under President Barack Obama's 2010 health care law. Minutes before midnight, the White House ordered a shutdown.

The Democratic Senate on Monday twice rejected Republican demands to delay key portions of what has become to known as "Obamacare" as a condition for keeping the government open.

An estimated 800,000 federal workers faced furloughs. Critical functions like air traffic control and military operations will continue. Social Security benefits will be paid. National parks and most federal offices will close.

President Barack Obama's official Twitter account's response to the shutdown was, "They actually did it. A group of Republicans in the House just forced a government shutdown over Obamacare instead of passing a real budget. Despite the shutdown, the new health insurance marketplace opens for business as planned on October 1. #GetCovered"


Courtesy: AP