The series of last-minute deals and consistent attempts to keep the government afloat have finally failed to continue the United States' perilous walk on the edge. The Monday deadline finally passed and lawmakers allowed the government to shut down, despite the many pleas by average American's to suck it up and do their job.
The White House officially ordered federal agencies to suspend general activities shortly following the deadline elapsing. This followed a frantic legislative attempt by both the Senate and House working through a series of impasses that were, in the end, too much for the well-paid professionals. Unfortunately for all involved it appears as if the Republicans and Democrats in Congress have a better chance of choosing winning NFL picks rather than come together to figure out a resolution.
Markets have seen a slide and the fears of a larger problem overall has come up now that the Government seems to also have a debt-borrowing limit that is about to be pushed up against next month.
Federal workers reporting to agencies will be taking a half-day shutdown, which will see over 2.9 million being sent home. This, while essentially functions will be forced to continue despite the actuality of a working system underneath them. The Internal Revenue Service audits and surveillance of outbreaks will be suspended.
"Unfortunately, Congress has not fulfilled its responsibility. It has failed to pass a budget and, as a result, much of our government must now shut down until Congress funds it again,'' President Barack Obama said in a video message. The message was broadcast around the world, and he added: "The threats to our national security have not changed, and we need you to be ready for any contingency.''
Harry Reid, who sits as Senate Majority Leader, stated that he was uninterested enter the negotiations with the House, which is run by a majority of Republicans, until the Government was reopened. "We like to resolve issues, but we will not go to conference with a gun to our head," Mr. Reid said on the Senate floor.
As one would expect, Republicans denounced Senate Democrats for not being interested in negotiations. "Our hope this evening is we will be able to put reasonable people in a room," said House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions.