Update: Thurs., Oct 3, 2013 - Officially beginning on Tues, Oct.1, 2013, the U.S. federal government entered a "shutdown", suspending discretionary services deemed "non-excepted" by the Federal Antideficiency Act.
The current shutdown has resulted in 800,000 federal workers being furloughed, and it's estimated that their lost salaries alone will cost the U.S. economy 300 million dollars per day, according to CBS News.com
The last shutdowns occurred in 1995-6 and lasted a total of 28 days. At this point there is no indication of how long the present shutdown will last.
According to a CNN/ORC International poll, which was conducted Friday through Sunday and came out on Monday, Sept. 30, 46% of respondents say they would blame congressional Republicans for a government shutdown, with 36% saying the president would be more responsible and 13% pointing fingers at both the GOP in Congress and Obama. The original post of this story appears below. See the "Additional Resources" section at the bottom of this page for links to more information.
Original post of this story:
It's been 17 years since the last government shutdown, and the threat of a repetition of this event is looming again as House Republicans attempt maneuvers to prevent implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). According to CNN.com, "President Barack Obama made a previously unscheduled statement to reporters on Monday afternoon that repeated his criticism of the attempts by House Republicans to undermine Obamacare that he said threaten to harm the economy with a shutdown."
In response to the House Republican maneuvers, U.S. Congressman from the 2nd District of California, Jared Huffman, posted this message on his Facebook page:
"Tonight, the House GOP majority set in motion a shutdown of our national government starting Monday at midnight. Instead of allowing a vote to simply maintain government funding and avoid a shutdown, Speaker Boehner caved in to the Tea Party fringe of his party and re-issued a partisan ultimatum: no government funding unless the Affordable Care Act is repealed. This is the GOP's 43rd futile attempt to repeal Obamacare. It's not going to happen. I am certain that more reasonable minds in the Republican caucus will eventually change course, work with Democrats, and enact responsible legislation to fund the government. The question is, how much will the American people and our economy will have to suffer before they come to their senses?"
KMUD News Anchor, Eileen Russell, aired a report on this story on the KMUD Local News on Mon., Sept 30, 2013. Use the player below to hear details of what a government shutdown would mean for various government programs and services, including the implications for national parks and specifically for local parks.
- Implications of a Government shutdown for Social Security
- U.S. Department of Defense Government shutdown information
- What would happen if U.S. government shuts down?