A government shutdown for 2013 appears imminent as the Washington Post says the House will hold no more funding votes Monday night. The House had sent through its third proposal late Monday night, but it once again had provisions to undermine Obamacare and the Senate rejected it. The Post noted on Sept. 30 that the Senate rejected the latest proposal with a party-line vote of 54 to 46.
While Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid urged House Speaker John Boehner to pass a simple bill that would hold off the government shutdown for 2013, Boehner and his party refused. He says instead he will call for a special committee to work on resolving the differences between the two parties. However, Reid says, “We're not going to go to conference with a gun to a head.” He says the Republicans are still playing games. Without a bill agreed upon by both the House and Senate, the government shuts down at midnight.
Beginning Tuesday, 800,000 federal workers will be furloughed. Critical job holders such as air traffic controllers, border-patrol agents and prison guards will be working, but they will not be paid. Most military pay, however, will continue to be dispersed due to a last-minute bill passed and signed by President Obama.
How will the government shutdown in 2013 be resolved? The House Republicans seem intent on tying Obamacare changes to any funding bills, yet the Senate will not be passing anything with the changes, nor will President Obama be signing it. When will the two sides find a way to connect on this? The nation is watching, and the criticism is mounting.
Update: the government shutdown for 2013 is officially happening, as there was no agreement on a bill Monday night. What's open and what's closed? How long will it last? People will be watching to see what it takes for these two sides to come together.