US Government Shuts Down
October 1 , 2013
The US Government shut down on Tuesday at 12.01 am Eastern Time after prolonged debate in the US House of Congress and the US Senate could not resolve a deadlock over a US Government spending bill. The Republicans said they would only pass the funding bill if President Obama's healthcare legislation, also known as Obamacare, was deferred by an year. The Democrats refused to delay their healthcare legislation and President Obama remained firm in insisting that his healthcare bill should come into effect. As a result of the deadlock, the deadline for passing the spending bill which would have sanctioned funds for the federal government lapsed at 11.59 pm on Monday night. The Democrat Leader in the Senate, Harry Reid, and the Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives, John Boehner, accused each other of holding up the debate. About 700,000 US Federal government employees will have to go on unpaid leave for an indefinite period of time, till the shutdown is resolved. The Federal Government is the largest employer in the US and this shutdown could seriously affect the US economy. Only essential services, such as the military, law enforcement, and fire services would continue to function. According to CNN 46 % of Americans consider the Republican party responsible for the shutdown, while only 36 % hold Mr Obama responsible for the shutdown.