Congress Plunges Nation Into Governmental Shutdown

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(AP) — A bitterly divided Congress has plunged the nation into a partial government shutdown as a deadlock over President Barack Obama’s health care law stalled a temporary funding bill, forcing about 800,000 federal workers off the job and suspending all but non-essential government activities.

The shutdown, the first since the winter of 1995-96, closed national parks, museums along the Washington Mall and the U.S. Capitol visitors center. Agencies like NASA and the Environmental Protection Agency will be all but shuttered. People classified as essential government employees — such as air traffic controllers, Border Patrol agents and most food inspectors — will continue to work.

The military will be paid under legislation freshly signed by Obama but paychecks for other federal workers will be withheld until the impasse is broken.

  • YourXTC

    Good! They can’t waste anymore taxpayer money that way. And Obamacare needs to go…NOW! Dems don’t give a rat’s ass about the American people. No one wants it and no one can afford it. The health care system needs tort reform, not Socialism. America is fu*ked. Thanks, Obama. You have now completed the fundamental transformation of America into another failed Socialist nation.

    Current score: 7
    • YourXTC

      Oh, and the Dems scare tactic about the elderly not getting Medicare and SS was complete BS. They already confirmed the checks will still go out. You are now confirmed liars. But those with a brain knew that a long time ago.

      Current score: 3
  • Nodnoc

    So you can lose an election by 5 million votes, then throw a tantrum and literally shut down the government when the winning party doesn’t govern the exact way you would prefer? I guess you can, it’s the GOP way!

    Current score: 1
    • tiredofit

      More of the blame game played by democrats!!! Current republicans are nothing more than democrat-lites—– we need a third party—–myself—tea party!!!! let’s get back to what made this country great. Get the government tit out of your mouth people and wake the h@#$ up!!!

      Current score: 1
  • gina burke

    A Government Shut Down! So why are senators, congressmen, and any other government officials who are unable to set aside political party priorities not the first to have their pay checks stopped? No! Instead they are penalizing women and children by suspending the WIC program, Seniors, retirees and the disabled by suspending SS payments! Hunger children because food stamp and school lunch programs may be put on hold! Low to middle class civilian workers who have not been involved in the stalemate procedure of our government officials! Why? Because our elected officials, including the president have forgotten just who they work for and what their jobs are! If these people were in the public employment sector they would all be fired! A store management team that caused their store to shut down would find their buttts in the unemployment line. Arguing because of a health care law that most Americans don’t even want! A law the mandates you enroll in coverage that could very well mean taking money away from your grocery budget or putting gas in your car. I just heard on Good Morning America that on the new health exchanges you can get some basic policy for as little as $100 a month! Come on! $100 a month for a next to nothing policy with a $6,000 deductible for a single person! $1200 a year for a policy you may never be able to use because you can’t afford to cover the deducible? The Health care reform act is the Presidents law not a law for or by the people! Those in office of both parties are more concerned with playing the ‘blame game’ then getting it together! I can’t count the number of times I have heard in the last few days how this doesn’t look good for the republican party or the democratic party! To hell with your parties this is not good for the American People! I just hope that you all remember this come election time! I wouldn’t vote for a single person currently holding a political office! WE need to take a fire hose to our government and completely flush it out! Come on people…Stop being so submissive and speak up and out! This is suppose to be a government of the people, for the people by the people…Not the politicians! Absolutely no law should be invoked with out the approval of the people it effects. WE can’t get tighter gun control but we can be forced to accept health care reform! And I use the word ‘reform’ loosely! What can we do? DON”T go to the exchanges! DON’T follow these suppose representatives of the people blindly! There is not a single one of them who truly care to do their job with the good of the people as their priority! They are all self serving, self centered, self preserving SOBs! This country was not built by people who were led around on a leash by corrupt government officials. It was born and grown out of the determination and strong will of those who were oppressed, enslaved and abused by the type we now have in office! Apparently our representatives have forgotten a very important fact…”United we stand, Divided we fall!” WE the people of the UNITED STATES of AMERICA are entitled to and should demand a UNITED government! If those currently in office can’t provide that then need to get out!

    Current score: 4
  • Mr. Bojangles

    Well as I see it this POS of a president shut the government down,, HE DID NOT DO WHAT THE PEOPLE WANTED !! He forced this crap on us, some how we need to get it that Mr. President and the congress and house members all get OBAMACARE. We all get the same higher premiums and deductibles with less coverage.

    Current score: 3
  • rowdy1

    I’m trying to figure out what tighter gun control and obamacare have in commen. Other than it’s ok for the governemnt to say you can’t own a gun, but not to say you have to have health insurance. Both involve the government telling me how to live my life.

    Current score: 1