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Shutdown orders issued as Congress misses deadline

  • Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, returns to his office after a procedural vote on the House floor, at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Sept. 30, 2013. The Republican-controlled House and the Democrat-controlled Senate are at an impasse as Congress continues to struggle over how to prevent a possible shutdown of the federal government when it runs out of money. President Barack Obama ramped up pressure on Republicans Monday to avoid a post-midnight government shutdown, saying that failure to pass a short-term spending measure to keep agencies operating would "throw a wrench into the gears" of a recovering economy. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, returns to his office after a procedural vote on the House floor, at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Sept. 30, 2013. The Republican-controlled House and the Democrat-controlled Senate are at an impasse as Congress continues to struggle over how to prevent a possible shutdown of the federal government when it runs out of money. President Barack Obama ramped up pressure on Republicans Monday to avoid a post-midnight government shutdown, saying that failure to pass a short-term spending measure to keep agencies operating would "throw a wrench into the gears" of a recovering economy. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

  • The morning sun illuminates the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, as the government teeters on the brink of a partial shutdown at midnight unless Congress can reach an agreement on funding.   U.S. stock futures fell sharply Monday morning as the government careened toward closures that would force 800,000 federal workers off the job without pay.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    The morning sun illuminates the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, as the government teeters on the brink of a partial shutdown at midnight unless Congress can reach an agreement on funding. U.S. stock futures fell sharply Monday morning as the government careened toward closures that would force 800,000 federal workers off the job without pay. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

  • The White House in Washington is seen at night, Monday, Sept. 30, 2013. President Obama is ramping up pressure on Republicans to avoid a post-midnight government shutdown, saying a shutdown would hurt the economy and hundreds of thousands of government workers. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    The White House in Washington is seen at night, Monday, Sept. 30, 2013. President Obama is ramping up pressure on Republicans to avoid a post-midnight government shutdown, saying a shutdown would hurt the economy and hundreds of thousands of government workers. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

  • President Barack Obama speaks in the James Brady Briefing room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Sept. 30, 2013. Obama said a government shutdown would throw a wrench into the gears of U.S. economy. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    President Barack Obama speaks in the James Brady Briefing room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Sept. 30, 2013. Obama said a government shutdown would throw a wrench into the gears of U.S. economy. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

  • Speaker of the House John Boehner, R- Ohio, pauses during a news conference after a House Republican Conference meeting about the ongoing budget fight on Capitol Hill on Monday, Sept. 30, 2013 in Washington.  (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

    Speaker of the House John Boehner, R- Ohio, pauses during a news conference after a House Republican Conference meeting about the ongoing budget fight on Capitol Hill on Monday, Sept. 30, 2013 in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

  • House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of Calif. walks to a House Republican Conference meeting to discuss the ongoing budget fight, Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Republican unity showed unmistakable signs of fraying Monday as Democrats and the White House vowed to reject tea party-driven demands to delay the nation's health care overhaul as the price for averting a partial government shutdown at midnight.  (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

    House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of Calif. walks to a House Republican Conference meeting to discuss the ongoing budget fight, Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Republican unity showed unmistakable signs of fraying Monday as Democrats and the White House vowed to reject tea party-driven demands to delay the nation's health care overhaul as the price for averting a partial government shutdown at midnight. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

  • Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, returns to his office after a procedural vote on the House floor, at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Sept. 30, 2013. The Republican-controlled House and the Democrat-controlled Senate are at an impasse as Congress continues to struggle over how to prevent a possible shutdown of the federal government when it runs out of money. President Barack Obama ramped up pressure on Republicans Monday to avoid a post-midnight government shutdown, saying that failure to pass a short-term spending measure to keep agencies operating would "throw a wrench into the gears" of a recovering economy. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
  • The morning sun illuminates the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, as the government teeters on the brink of a partial shutdown at midnight unless Congress can reach an agreement on funding.   U.S. stock futures fell sharply Monday morning as the government careened toward closures that would force 800,000 federal workers off the job without pay.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
  • The White House in Washington is seen at night, Monday, Sept. 30, 2013. President Obama is ramping up pressure on Republicans to avoid a post-midnight government shutdown, saying a shutdown would hurt the economy and hundreds of thousands of government workers. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
  • President Barack Obama speaks in the James Brady Briefing room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Sept. 30, 2013. Obama said a government shutdown would throw a wrench into the gears of U.S. economy. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
  • Speaker of the House John Boehner, R- Ohio, pauses during a news conference after a House Republican Conference meeting about the ongoing budget fight on Capitol Hill on Monday, Sept. 30, 2013 in Washington.  (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
  • House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of Calif. walks to a House Republican Conference meeting to discuss the ongoing budget fight, Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Republican unity showed unmistakable signs of fraying Monday as Democrats and the White House vowed to reject tea party-driven demands to delay the nation's health care overhaul as the price for averting a partial government shutdown at midnight.  (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

For the first time in nearly two decades, the federal government staggered into a partial shutdown today at midnight after congressional Republicans stubbornly demanded changes in the nation’s health care law as the price for essential federal funding and President Obama and Democrats adamantly refused.

As Congress gridlocked, Obama said a “shutdown will have a very real economic impact on real people, right away,” with hundreds of thousands of federal workers furloughed and veterans’ centers, national parks, most of the space agency and other government operations shuttered.

He laid the blame at the feet of House Republicans, whom he accused of seeking to tie government funding to ideological demands, “all to save face after making some impossible promises to the extreme right wing of their party.”

House Speaker John Boehner, an Ohio Republican, responded a short while later on the House floor. “The American people don’t want a shutdown and neither do I,” he said. Yet, he added, the new health care law “is having a devastating impact. . . . Something has to be done.”

The stock market dropped on fears that political deadlock between the White House and a Tea Party-heavy Republican Party would prevail, though analysts suggested significant damage to the national economy was unlikely unless a shutdown lasted more than a few days.

A few minutes before midnight, Budget Director Sylvia Burwell issued a directive to federal agencies to “execute plans for an orderly shutdown.” While an estimated 800,000 federal workers faced furloughs, some critical parts of the government – from the military to air traffic controllers – would remain open.

Any interruption in federal funding would send divided government into territory unexplored in nearly two decades. Then, Republicans suffered grievous political damage and President Bill Clinton benefitted from twin shutdowns. Now, some Republicans said they feared a similar outcome.

If nothing else, some Republicans also conceded it was impossible to use funding legislation to squeeze concessions from the White House on health care. “We can’t win,” said Sen. John McCain, an Arizona Republican, an Arizona Republican.

“We’re on the brink,” Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland said shortly after midday as the two houses maneuvered for political advantage and the Obama administration’s budget office prepared for a partial shutdown, the first since the winter of 1995-1996.

On a long day and night in the Capitol, the Senate torpedoed one GOP attempt to tie government financing to changes in “Obamacare.” House Republicans countered with a second despite unmistakable signs their unity was fraying – and Senate Democrats promptly rejected it, as well.

Defiant still, House Republicans decided to re-pass their earlier measure and simultaneously request negotiations with the Senate on a compromise. Some aides conceded the move was largely designed to make sure that the formal paperwork was on the Senate’s doorstep as the day ended.

Whatever its intent, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, rejected it. “That closes government. They want to close government,” he said of House Republicans.

As lawmakers squabbled, Obama spoke bluntly about House Republicans. “You don’t get to extract a ransom for doing your job, for doing what you’re supposed to be doing anyway, or just because there’s a law there that you don’t like,” he said. Speaking of the health care law that undergoes a major expansion today, he said emphatically, “That funding is already in place. You can’t shut it down.”

Some Republicans balked, moderates and conservatives alike.

Rep. Phil Gingrey of Georgia said it felt as if Republicans were retreating, given their diminishing demands, and Rep. Scott Rigell of Virginia said there was not unanimity when the rank and file met to discuss a next move.

Yet for the first time since the showdown began more than a week ago, there was also public dissent from the Republican strategy that has been carried out at the insistence of lawmakers working in tandem with GOP Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.

Rep. Charles Dent, a Pennsylvania Republican, said he was willing to vote for stand-alone legislation that would keep the government running and contained no health care-related provisions. “I would be supportive of it, and I believe the votes are there in the House to pass it at that point,” the fifth-term congressman said.

Other Republicans sought to blame Democrats for any shutdown, but Dent conceded that Republicans would bear the blame, whether or not they deserved it.

Hours before the possible shutdown, the Senate voted, 54-46, to reject the House-passed measure that would have kept the government open but would have delayed implementation of the health care law for a year and permanently repealed a medical device tax that helps finance it.

In response, House Republicans sought different concessions in exchange for allowing the government to remain open. They called for a one-year delay in a requirement in the health care law for individuals to purchase coverage. The same measure also would require members of Congress and their aides as well as the president, vice president and the administration’s political appointees to bear the full cost of their own coverage by barring the government from making the customary employer contribution.

“This is a matter of funding the government and providing fairness to the American people,” said Boehner. “Why wouldn’t members of Congress vote for it?”

The vote was 228-201, with a dozen Republicans opposed and nine Democrats in favor.

Unimpressed, Senate Democrats swatted it on a 54-46 party line vote about an hour later.

Obama followed up his public remarks with phone calls to Boehner and the three other top leaders of Congress, telling Republicans he would continue to oppose attempts to delay or cut federal financing of the health care law.

The impact of a shutdown would be felt unevenly.

Many low-to-moderate-income borrowers and first-time homebuyers seeking government-backed mortgages could face delays, and Obama said veterans’ centers would be closed.

About 800,000 federal workers, many already reeling from the effect of automatic budget cuts, would be ordered to report to work Tuesday for about four hours – but only to carry out shutdown-related chores such as changing office voicemail messages and completing time cards.

Some critical services such as patrolling the borders and inspecting meat would continue. Social Security benefits would be sent, and the Medicare and Medicaid health care programs for the elderly and poor would continue to pay doctors and hospitals.

U.S. troops were shielded from any damage to their wallets when Obama signed legislation assuring the military would be paid in the in the event of a shutdown.

That had no impact on those who labor at other agencies.

“I know some other employees, if you don’t have money saved, it’s going to be difficult,” said Thelma Manley, who has spent seven years as a staff assistant with the Internal Revenue Service during a 30-year career in government.

As for herself, she said, “I’m a Christian, I trust in God wholeheartedly and my needs will be met.” She added, “I do have savings, so I can go to the reserve, so to speak.”

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What shutdown? Local voters voice uncertainty about shutdown meaning

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Even as the government balanced on the edge of shutdown and Congress’s looming deadline to agree on a federal spending bill approached, the average voter around Concord didn’t know about – and didn’t really have any patience for – tumult in Washington. Instead, mostly uncertain glances and uneasy smiles met the phrase “government shutdown.” “I don’t know anything about that, … 4

"The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted all the money required to keep all government activities going -- except for ObamaCare. This is not a matter of opinion. You can check the Congressional Record. As for the House of Representatives' right to grant or withhold money, that is not a matter of opinion either. You can check the Constitution of the United States. All spending bills must originate in the House of Representatives, which means that Congressmen there have a right to decide whether or not they want to spend money on a particular government activity. Whether ObamaCare is good, bad or indifferent is a matter of opinion. But it is a matter of fact that members of the House of Representatives have a right to make spending decisions based on their opinion. ObamaCare is indeed "the law of the land," as its supporters keep saying, and the Supreme Court has upheld its Constitutionality. But the whole point of having a division of powers within the federal government is that each branch can decide independently what it wants to do or not do, regardless of what the other branches do, when exercising the powers specifically granted to that branch by the Constitution. " Thomas Sowell.

To Bruce below, "fair mindedness" is code word for collectivism, redistributionism, small "s" socialism. People need to understand that.

On Obamacare, I would go along if Malia, Sasha, Michelle and Barack all signed up for it in a test group and swore off any other coverage beyond Obamacare, signing up for an exchange and living within the constraints of that exchange for a couple of years so that we can see if the quality of care, services, keeping your own doctor, saving money are really true. If so, then it is a winner. Congress and their staffers are going to have an exemption from the law as are many government workers, some unions and even some green energy companies have received an exemption. Progressives talk about classes in this country, well here we have two separate classes, the elite government who feel that they are above the laws that they pass. This needs to stop and that will take the low information lemmings to wake up and be intellectually honest. Unfortunately, Democrats rely on an uneducated populace to retain their power and there is no doubt that both parties are out to "rule" over Americans.

Ah the crocodile tears of someone who's suddenly claims to have discovered we have a class system in this system. Except your ire is misplaced, if it's even sincere. The ACA is directed principally at those without healthcare coverage from employers or other sources--most especially the 35 to 50 million in this country without any health insurance or regular health care---that is the real class system in action in this country. Most employees of the federal government, including the Obamas, already have coverage under existing plans, and are entitled to keep or switch, as they may choose.

Facts liberals never tell ya.......Congress exempted themselves from the mandates

Well said ItsaRepublic and I couldn't agree more. Obamacare will just draw the line between the classes deeper - don't people see that? Put blame where it belongs - with Obumma and the Dems. If the House will stick to its guns Republicans will come out ahead of this whole mess.

They have always exempted themselves from almost everything for the past 50 years. Talk about no news and a non-issue. And "Friends", the republicans will come out ahead????? Do tell, and we are talking about here on earth, right?

So when was the last time the Democrats shut down the government when they couldn't get their way with a Republican President?

The last time that Democrats shut down government because they refuse to give an inch and represent all of the American people was last night!!

It requires Olympic quality mental gymnastics and linguistic sleight of hand for anyone to attempt to blame Democrats for the shutdown. The blame rests squarely with the Tea Party wing of the GOP. Do away with the Hastert Rule, and the Senate bill would pass in the House on a bipartisan vote in a heartbeat. The question is how long Boehner will accede to TP wishes before he puts the nation ahead of his own position as Speaker. It will be a profile in cowardice/ courage as to whether and when he stands up to the hostage-takers in his own party.

democrats have not passed a budget in 4 years - that is the sole cause of todays shutdown - to try and blame it on the Responsible Republicans is nothing more than more revisionist history from the democrats

Democrats have a senate budget that has sat for 6 months in the house because the republicans have refused to either vote on it or meet with the senate to work out a compromise. FACT.

FACTS for liberals ...."The Senate voted 54-46 to table a House request for a conference committee on a continuing resolution (CR),"

Fact for Sail. The refusal of the senate to go to conference over the current impass over the continueing resolution has nothing to do with going to conference over a comprehensive budget bill. The house has refused for months to even address the issue of the budget passed by the senate. The only reason they want to go to conference now over the continueing resolution is so they can once again try to hold the country hostage to their demands. IF they want to address the budget in conference fine. Do that. But, pass the continuing resolution cleanly with no strings first.

We expect our Presidents to be leaders of all the people, not just one party or ideology. Harsh rhetoric gives the impression that President Obama is more focused on unconditional surrender instead of settlement. That has been his stance since he took office. There are valid questions. Is Obamacare ready for primetime? Shouldn't the two parties be working on the tax codes? When is Washington going to get serious about overhauling entitlement programs so they will survive for future generations? Both parties have issues, But our President does not seem to have the capability of bringing folks together. He can only manage that with his Party, so that is why he is not the President of all the people. Sad but true in my opinion.

Harry Reid is a bully. Barack Obama is a bully. Everything is everyone else's fault in the mind of Democrats. This is about fairness for the American people with a majority not supporting a health care plan which was shoved down our throats through the reconciliation process. It was ill planned, it is not ready yet and this is about liberals and progressives wanting to spread the wealth, robbing Peter to pay Paul for free health care paid for by their neighbors. This country is deeply divided and comments calling people opposed to more and more growing entitlements things like terrorists or extremists or anti-Americans, etc. does nothing to move the discussion and close the divide between Americans. Let's face it, one side got what they wanted by hook or by crook and by GOD they are not going to give an inch. They keep on saying, "it is the law and the Supreme Court said it was Constitutional". I hope that you remember that the nations highest court also voted in support of individuals to keep and bear arms and they also found Citizens United constitutional. I would hope that those same people throwing the argument up at us that Obamacare is Constitutional remember that.

Objective observations on the current state of constitutional law hold Supreme Court decisions appropriately final, unless or until they are overridden. "Team" players simply do not think that way, and insist upon ideological Truth as they please. Supreme Court decisions as they currently stand may or may not simply be convenient.

I guess Citizens United is settled law

The real bully here is the Republican party that want to hold Goverment hostage because they can't get there way. And by the way Itsa your already paying for free health care at a higher cost than necessary when the uninsured use the emrgency room for care. That contributes to higher cost for yours and my insurance. Ifthe Republicans want to overturn the ACA all they have to do is get enough people who belive the same way elected. Using threats of a shutdown is un american.

If health care at emergency rooms is costing me more now then why is my insurance in 2015 going up 1.5X, with a higher deductible and higher co-pays for the same coverage due to Obamacare. The answer is simple, I am paying for my family and someone elses family too. It is not un-American to pull a shutdown after the way a Congress, most of whom are long gone, passed this health care bill by reconciliation and rammed it down our throats. THAT is un-American and people who agree with how it was done are the ones who are un-American. They care more about personal political belief and ideology over ethics and what is the proper way to debate and ask the people what they want.

I would like to know where you are able to get rates two years into the future? most companies only set their rates a year in advance. and you are currently paying for those without insurance in those rising premiums. It's time to make a change that makes those who really can afford insurance buy it and stop making me pay for their care. If they can't pay then subsidies that allow for treatment the way you and I get it will result in lower premiums for all. That's what the ACA does.

say-what, that was before Obama delayed the corporate mandate until 2015 to stack the deck for the 2014 election. I sat with health care consultants, legal counsel and insurance executives. Premiums are never going down....face it, we will all be screwed. Wait for rationing. Do you have parents who might need a hip replaced? Well, under Obamacare some faceless bureaucrat will probably be telling you or your parent that it is just not economically feasible to have that done. I resent the fact that I will have to subsidize people and pay more so that they can have insurance on the dole.

The actual evidence to support your claims is mixed at best, actual evidence to support your claims is mixed at best, costs for everyone have been rising for years, with little complaint from you or most conservatives. Obama campaigned and was elected on the promise to reform healthcare. He was reelected after the ACA passed. So the American people have had 3 votes on the ACA--the 2 elections and its passage in Congress. It is a sincere, if imperfect effort to lower costs and broaden coverage (the two go together) that passed Congress. Now, as a direct result of the law, you claim the world is coming to an end.The actual evidence to support your claims is mixed at best. Blaming the ACA entirely for current increases seems, shall we say--churlish. http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/09/fact-check-is-obamacare-slowing-growth-of-health-costs/ and your personal anecdotes are suspect. Longtime readers will consider the source, with his history of sensational claims. Readers might also be reminded of "The Boy Who Cried Wolf". Little in your description of the current impasse passes the smell test, or demonstrates much in the way of genuine critical thinking--which involves a modicum of fair-mindedness. That quality is one consistently AWOL from Carp Per Diem posts.

Itsa. A faceless beuraucrat was already determining my healthcare even before the ACA was developed. Insurance companies have been denying claims for little or no reason since they first started selling policies. These people have little or no medical training.

say-what, Unfortunately, government bureaucrats will have little or no medical training, they will be biased politically, they will be inefficient as they work a mere 40 hours per week and are self serving. Government is notoriously inefficient but insurance companies are exceedingly efficient because they have to be. If you check out your coverage before you go into the hospital for services, you should never have a claim denied. Most people don't if they take "self responsibility" for their own insurance. Of course taking personal responsibility is a bad thing in the eyes of progressives.

Polls are garbage and can be manipulated. The real poll was the reelection of Obama last year by a MAJORITY of Americans long after ACA was passed. By the way, if it is such a horrible law why not let it happen and then Americans will be so upset by it the Repubs will be a shoo-in in 2014. Afraid it might work and repubs will look like the bunch of selfish louts they are?

He won by 5 million votes or 1.79% of the population. Almost half of the population did not vote for him. I guess then, if Romney had won and repealed the law that you would be OK with it. The issue is that dismantling the law after it goes into effect, no matter how bad will be met by cries from liberal (what can my country do for me) whiners that people will suffer and we can't do that. Health care has nothing to do with one person being in need and the other person being selfish. It has to do with prioritizing choices that we make to be a student and not a pop culture, join civic organizations over gangs, study in school versus go around saying: "you know what I'm sayin'" after every sentence , decisions to pay for insurance over cigarettes, booze, designer clothes, smart phones, nail services, $500 new car loans and other luxuries. A crisis on the part of someone else is not a crisis on my part. Most crises are born out of poor life choices.

Almost half is not a majority. If the republicans had won in the last election and overturned the ACA I would not have been happy. But, I would have accepted it until the next change of Government and would work to see those representatives were not re-elected. If the republicans want to overturn the ACA then get more senators elected in the next election. Until then give it up and stop holding the rest of us hostage.

But Romney didn't win. Obama campaigned on healthcare reform, was elected on the basis of that promise, and Congress passed a healthcare reform bill. Obama was re-elected after passage of the ACA. In effect, we've had 3 votes on the ACA. Now, Tea Party extremists are holding the government hostage because they didn't get their way. In some countries, that might be described as a coup. It has long been a truism of policy that one doesn't negotiate with kidnappers or terrorists--you wait them out. Eventually Boehner will come to his senses, lift the Hastert Rule, and the Senate version will pass in the House on a bipartisan vote--the way it should have long before now.

Cue the violins, and spare us the straw man construction. And don't hurt your arms patting yourself on the back for having made such thoughtful life choices. We all applaud your success, and are in awe that you owe it all to--yourself. John Galt lives. Indeed. The 'self-made man' is the ultimate oxymoron.

Nice response but life choices are the reason why we have so many social problems and to progressives, who often support the kind of leniency and looseness that perpetuate those problems now want everyone to chip in for other peoples third, fourth....tenth second chances. I owe my success, as mediocre as it is to my parents who were very morally grounded, to a Judeo-Christian upbringing, to knowing right from wrong and having a conscience and to self determination and internal drive to excel. Those strawmen as you call them as mentioned above, including the Jerry Springer women bobbing their heads (you go girl) all exemplify the exact deteriorating factors of our society and progressives go on playing their "violin" as if it is not the fault of those who have made poor choices and blaming it on those who have made the right decisions and choices.

when was the last time the democrats passed a budget and it was signed by Obama?

Oh, pleaseeeeeee. How many times will this lame question be asked? Since the anarchist's (aka TP-GOP) refuse to consider anything but their exact one sided (we will overturn Roe Vs Wade) terms your question is 100% irrelevant. Opps, did I say Roe vs Wade I meant overturn the ACA. They have been wasting 40 years on the last one, it gets confusing after awhile.

Air Safety Inspections, passport offices and Electrical Grid Maintenance are not shut down. Traditionally govt shutdowns last 1 to 3 days except in the cases of Clinton and Carter. The Dems did threaten a govt shutdown in 2011.

Dear Congress, You suck. But it's nice to know you'll keep paying yourselves, even though you are so clearly non-essential.

Too bad it had to come to this but this country can not give in to terrorist hostage takers. It never has and never will. The spending bil and the upcoming debt ceiling bills should be passed as clean bills with no ammendments or special deals. Threatening to shut down goverment to get your way after already approving what the money will be used for is just wrong and borders on treason. Bringing the country down and placing it's full faith and credit in jeopardy is not the way this country should be run. OK I get the republicans don't like the ACS but the way to corect that is through the election process not threats. How would Republicans feel if the Democrats said we will shut down Govt. if you don't raise taxes. They would probably react the same as the Dems. do today. No way will we negotiate.

Obama gave ObamaKare waivers to congress and big business...... and they absolutely refuse to negotiate..... screwing the little guy..... way to go democrats

Good question Crank. Why do we have non essential employees? We have had 16 shutdowns before. I suggest folks check them out and what happened as a result of those shutdowns.

OK, it's non-essential services and employees that are being shut down? If they're non-essential, why do we have them in the first place? Shut down the federal government and all the regulations and unfunded mandates, which are dumped on local government, private citizens and enterprise. The feds are way beyond the limits of the constitution anyway, so leave it shut down, at least until O'bummer is out of office.

Do you mean do away with things like Air safty inspections, Passport offices, Electrical grid maintenance etc. How about the Smithsonian, the Statue of Liberty, National Parks, They may not be essential but many americans feel they should be kept open if for no other reason than to experiance this great country.

due to the Obama Economy - NOBODY - can afford to "experience" this great country

Do you know what the word "essential" means? Probably ninety percent of the workers in this country are non essential. You think Walmart workers are essential, bar tenders, baseball players, any sports player? If you don't work in health care or law enforcement, you are not essential. Definitely the congress is not essential, since they haven't been doing anything since 2010 except trying to get rid of Obamacare and the country has kept going along. I am sure it would go better if they worked on some of the jobs bills they promised but still they are definitely non essential to the running of this country.

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