Tuesday, October 1, 2013

US Government Begins Shutdown

VOAVideo: US Government is Shutdown (Oct 1,2013 approx 9:00 am)

VOANews: US Government Begins Shutdown

The U.S. government has enacted a partial shutdown after the two chambers of Congress failed to agree on a single spending bill by the October 1st deadline.

Three times on Monday, the Republican-led House of Representatives approved a spending bill that would delay President Barack Obama's signature health care law, known as "Obamacare." In all three cases, the Democratic-controlled Senate rejected it minutes later.

Shortly before midnight, White House Budget Director Sylvia Burwell issued a directive to federal agencies to "execute plans for an orderly shutdown." The move means the furlough of an estimated 800,000 federal workers. Agencies affected will include the National Park Service, traffic safety agencies, and the Department of Defense. The latter will be affected mainly by the furlough of its civilian employees. Homeland Security agents and border security offices will remain open, as will other law enforcement agencies.

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