In the aftermath of the partial government shutdown, chaos has erupted in Washington at the White House and at the Capitol building. A suspect attempted to ram a vehicle through barricades at the White House, and gun shots were fired outside the Capitol building that injured at least one police officer.
Reportedly the suspect died on the scene.
Law enforcement personnel stated that it appears the incidents are related. A black vehicle that was identified as the one used to attempt to ram through a White House barricade was chased by police officers to the Capitol building where witnesses stated that multiple shots were fired from the vehicle.
Meanwhile, inside the Capitol the nation's elected leaders continued to engage in name-calling and insults as a consequence of the failure of the House and Senate to reconcile their differences on the spending resolution, specifically with regard to funding for the new Obamacare law.
House Republicans and a majority of Republican senators wish to defund the new Affordable Care Act and will not approve any spending measure that includes such funding for the new law. Democrats who control the Senate, and President Obama, will not accept any spending measure that lacks funds for Obamacare and insist that the government be shut down until Republicans approve a spending plan that includes funds for the new healthcare law.
Days ago U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, took to the floor of the Senate and spoke for 22 hours straight in order to attempt to prevent the funding of Obamacare. During the entirety of the marathon speech, Cruz avoided vitriol, name-calling, and insults.
Democrats, however, have chosen to descend into the gutter by hurling epithets at Republicans, referring to them as "jihadis," "anarchists," "terrorists," "murderers," and "legislative arsonists."
House Republicans have sent at least four compromise bills to the Senate in order to address the impasse. Each time the Democrats have rejected their offers, flatly refusing to consider any plan that contains even the slightest change to the Obamacare law.
When those efforts failed, House Republicans began to send bills to the Senate that would fund entities of government effected by the shutdown, such as veterans benefits, cancer care for children, and national parks and monuments. Each of these measures were rejected by Senate Democrats.
Veterans were so angry over their memorials being shut down in Washington that they stormed through barricades. U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., personally went to the World War II memorial to make sure the veterans could get in.
In addition to the chaos in the nation's capital, the sign-up process for Obamacare has so far been a failure as well. Many cannot gain access to the sign-up page, and the statistics that are now trickling in from various states show that the number of citizens who wish to utilize the new healthcare law is shockingly low.
The state of Louisiana reported that so far, not a single citizen in the state has signed up.
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