US Government shuts down

US Government shuts down
Published: 01 October 2013
WASHINGTON - The U.S. government began its first partial shutdown in 17 years, idling as many as 800,000 federal employees, closing national parks and halting some services after Congress failed to break a partisan deadlock by a midnight deadline.

Congressional leaders have scheduled no further negotiations on spending legislation, raising concerns among some lawmakers that the shutdown could bleed into the more consequential fight over how to raise the U.S. debt limit to avoid a first-ever default after Oct. 17.

Chances of a last-minute deal seen so often in past fiscal fights evaporated shortly before midnight as the House stood firm on its call to delay major parts of President Barack Obama's health-care law for a year.

Senate Democrats were equally firm in refusing to concede and planned a morning vote to reject the House's call for formal talks.

- Bloomberg
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