Clock Runs Out: Government Shutting Down
Midnight deadline arrives with no deal
By Newser Editors, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 30, 2013 8:13 PM CDT
Updated Sep 30, 2013 11:02 PM CDT
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   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – The question is no longer, "Will the government shut down?" It's, "How long will the shutdown last?" After an evening of back-and-forth bills between the House and Senate, the clock has run out, and the government indeed began shutting down at midnight for the first time in 17 years, reports the Washington Post. That means about 800,000 federal workers will be furloughed immediately, and a host of government services will be suspended. (The mail will still be delivered.) Lawmakers did manage one thing: The Senate unanimously passed a measure that makes sure US troops will get paid during the shutdown, reports Politico.

Tonight's political ping-pong began when House Republicans voted in favor of an amendment to the spending bill that would delay ObamaCare's individual mandate for one year and wipe out a health-insurance subsidy for members of Congress, their staffers, and the president. The vote was 228-201; the Senate promptly rejected the House bill and sent it back. Rather than try to jam another doomed bill through, John Boehner instead opted to appoint a committee to try to hash out differences between the two parties over the next few days.

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Seelow
Oct 1, 2013 7:04 PM CDT
Had a great day at work today. Made a few bucks. Think i will get something nice for the wife. The wife had dinner for me when i got home. Took a long walk in the park. Saw some deer. Relaxing now with a few Heinekens, pondering how the low information americans, the skinny jeans & skateboard crowd and the dependent on the other half dregs are getting by. Day two tomorrow America.
Econ_101
Oct 1, 2013 5:06 PM CDT
Congress is no more exempt than any other employer who drops coverage and then helps employees purchase insurance on the exchanges.
Econ_101
Oct 1, 2013 12:27 PM CDT
Freedom is no more when Honesty is no longer ! Honesty is out of Congress and our Freedoms went with it!