— WASHINGTON — Congress plunged the nation into a partial government shutdown Tuesday as a protracted dispute over President Barack Obama’s signature health care law reached a boiling point, forcing some 800,000 federal workers off the job. Obama readied a midday statement to the nation as Democrats and Republicans maintained their blame-each-other duel on Capitol Hill.
Even as Obama prepared to meet with citizens signing up for his health care program and then make a lunch-hour speech in the Rose Garden, the White House cut back to a skeletal staff. The U.S. Capitol canceled tours not personally led by Congress members. “Closed” signs and barricades sprang up at the Lincoln Memorial, and national parks and federal workplaces across the country were following suit.
With the Republican-controlled House and Democratic-controlled Senate stalemated, it was unclear how long the shutdown — and the loss of some government programs and services — could last. The Senate early Tuesday rejected the House’s call to form a negotiating committee to resolve the deadlock.
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“They all should be fired because if I did my job the way they do theirs that is what would happen to me. If they aren't fired, they should work for minimum wage like so many others in this country.” – Shelly Walter
“Stop paying Congress and the President until the settle the entire budget problems!” – Diane Treon Evans
“Tea Party Republicans only account for less then 10 percent of the House. Why are they able to dictate terms? They have risked our economy on a law they do not like. Sadly, I don't see them being voted out of their gerrymandered districts. However. Toomey sided with the RINOs like Ted Cruz and will hopefully be quite vulnerable come 2016. The Republican Party needs to purge itself of the tea party.” – Eric Adams