Government Shutdown Underway As Both Sides Continue Standoff

Government Shutdown Underway As Both Sides Continue Standoff

Tuesday, a partial government shutdown is underway. About 800,000 federal workers are being furloughed without pay, closing Government agencies, parks, landmarks and museums.

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WASHINGTON, DC (localmemphis.com) - Tuesday, a partial government shutdown is underway.

About 800,000 federal workers are being furloughed without pay, closing Government agencies, parks, landmarks and museums.

It's happening because Congress failed to break the bitter budget standoff over President Obama's health care law.

"We believe that we should fund the government and we think there ought to be basic fairness for all Americans under Obamacare," house speaker John Boehner said.

House Republicans have tied their effort to defund or delay Obamacare to approving a short term extension of the federal budget.

This morning, the Senate rejected the latest in a series of bills from the House that would fund the government for six weeks while House and Senate negotiators work out a larger deal that would also make changes to the health care law. Senate majority leader Harry Reid says he will only agree to the meeting if the Republicans pass a short-term funding bill without changes to Obamacare.

"The government is closed because of irrationality of what's going on over on the other side of the capitol," Reid said.

The battle in Congress comes as a key provision of Obamacare goes into effect today. Millions of Americans are now able to buy health insurance through the new online health insurance marketplace.

There's no sign of when Congress might break this stalemate so the White House is preparing for the possibility that President Obama's planned trip to Asia next week will be cancelled.
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