Federal government shuts down for the first time in 17 years as Congress continues to debate

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U.S. government shutdown threatThis is the first shut down of its kind since the Clinton era.

Despite shutdown threat, House passes spending bill that delays Obamacare for one year

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Amendments that would delay Obamacare for one year and repeal the medical device tax set up a showdown with Senate Democrats and increase the probability of a government shutdown.

Obamacare push accelerates as government shutdown nears

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U.S. President Obama speaks with Health and Human Services Secretary Sebelius during a cabinet meeting at White HouseBy David Morgan and Sharon Begley (Reuters) – The Obama administration accelerated its push to persuade individual Americans to sign up for the most extensive overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system in 50 years, even as the program's foes in Congress fought to delay its launch with the threat of a federal government shutdown. The new online health insurance marketplaces at the heart of President Barack Obama's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, are set to open on Tuesday. …

Obama says government shutdown still preventable

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U.S. President Barack Obama makes a statement to the press in the briefing room of the White HouseWASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday a government shutdown was entirely preventable and accused Republicans in the House of Representatives of manufacturing a crisis that would hurt the economy and citizens across the country. "A shutdown will have a very real economic impact on real people right away," Obama told reporters at the White House. Obama said his hope and expectation was that lawmakers would still do the right thing and prevent a shutdown. (Reporting by Steve Holland and Roberta Rampton; Editing by Eric Beech)

Obama: Government shutdown ‘entirely preventable’ if House GOP drops demands

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President says he hopes for “11th-hour” breakthrough.

Government teeters on shutdown as GOP prepares another funding bill

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The federal government teetered on the brink of a shutdown Monday afternoon, after House Republicans vowed once again to tie an Obamacare-delaying provision to legislation intended to avoid a government shutdown.



House unveils yet another proposal to tie Obamacare delay to budget bill

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Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, walks to the chamber as the House of Representatives works into the night to pass a bill to fund the government, at the Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. Locked in a deepening struggle with President Barack Obama, House Republicans on Saturday demanded a one-year delay in major parts of the nation's new health care law and permanent repeal of a tax on medical devices as the price for preventing a partial government shutdown threatened for early Tuesday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)Monday is the final day to come to an agreement before a shutdown. The prospects don't look good.

Obama statement on government shutdown

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President Obama is scheduled to deliver a statement on the looming government shutdown from the White House briefing room today at 4:45 PM ET. There’s a live video feed at the top of this post and will provide live updates during his remarks.

1:56 PM PT: President Obama hasn’t taken the podium yet, so he’s running a bit behind schedule.

2:00 PM PT: One more minute.

2:02 PM PT: The president is at the podium.

2:04 PM PT: “If you are on Social Security, you will keep on receiving checks. If you are on Medicare, your doctor will still see you.” Troops will still serve, homeland security will etc. “NASA will shut down almost entirely. … Offices will close … Paychecks will be delayed … Vital services…will be hamstrung … Veterans will find support centers unstaffed … Tourists will find national parks immediately closed.”

2:05 PM PT: Hundreds of thousands of Federal employees will be indefinitely furloughed, Obama says.

2:05 PM PT: “A very real economic impact on real people right away.”

2:07 PM PT: Says what a shutdown “is the height of responsibility” and “it does not have to happen.” It’s “preventable if the House chooses to do what the Senate has already done.” Points at “extreme right wing” of Republican Party.

2:08 PM PT: President Obama uses the fact that Republicans are targeting Obamacare to talk about the benefits of the law, including on the availability of insurance plans starting tomorrow through exchanges.

2:09 PM PT: Obama: If we give in to GOP hostage taking now, “does anybody truly believe we won’t have this fight again in a couple of months?”

2:11 PM PT: “One faction of one party in one House of Congress in one branch of government doesn’t get to shut down the entire government just to refight the results of an election. Keeping the government running is not a concession to me. […] It’s a basic responsibility.”

2:12 PM PT:

Rep Dent (R-PA): “The hour glass is already empty and it’s time that we pass a clean CR.”
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2:12 PM PT: “You don’t get to exctract a ransom for doing your job.”

2:14 PM PT: “Congress needs to keep our government open, it needs pay our bills on time, and never, ever threaten the full faith and credit of the United States of America, and time is running out. My hope and expecation is that, in the eleventh hour once again, that Congress will choose to do the right thing, and that the House of Representatives will choose to do the right thing.”

2:17 PM PT: Obama’s basic position is clear and non-ideological: Disputes over policy are fine, but you have to resolve those disputes without threatening Armageddon in order to get your way. His only bottom line is that Congress should fund government and deal with the debt ceiling without adding extraneous demands. The GOP, on the other hand, is making specific ideological demands. It’s plain as day which position is stronger: The President’s, because House Republicans not only needs to convince people that their position is right, but their hardline tactics are an acceptable way of achieving them. That’s two big hurdles, neither one of which they are likely to overcome. Because they are wrong on both.

Boehner says ‘clean’ funding bill ‘not going to happen’

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Boehner arrives for a meeting with fellow House Republicans at the U.S. Capitol in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) – House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said on Monday that Republicans in the chamber will not pass a government funding bill unless it contains some concessions from Democrats on President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law. Asked if Republicans would consider a "clean" bill to keep the government funding as a midnight deadline for a shutdown draws closer, Boehner said: "That's not going to happen." (Reporting by Kim Dixon; Editing by Eric Beech)

John Boehner on clean funding bill: ‘That’s not going to happen’

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House Speaker John Boehner moments after announcing the House GOP’s latest extortion demands:

QUESTION: Is a clean CR off the table? Is that not going to happen?

BOEHNER: That’s not going to happen.

In other words, there will be a shutdown at midnight, because the Senate has already said it will not be bullied into accepting extortion demands from House Republicans. For a shutdown to end, however, at some point someone needs to blink. And when a reporter asked Boehner if he meant that the House won’t vote on a clean CR tonight, or if they won’t vote on a clean CR ever, he refused to answer:

QUESTION: That’s not going to happen when? That’s not going to happen tonight before midnight, or it’s not going to happen ever?

BOEHNER: The House will act this evening and we’ll send it over to the United States Senate. Thanks.

So on the one hand, you have Senate Democrats saying they will never, ever be extorted, and John Boehner saying that the GOP won’t back down, at least not tonight, but he won’t really say anything about the future. Even if you set aside all the substantive issues at play, it’s pretty clear which side thinks they have the stronger hand to play—and it’s not the GOP.

The federal government will shut down unless the House passes a clean continuing resolution before midnight tonight. Email your House member now.