US (America) shut down – Senate Rejects Budget Changes
The Senate has rejected conditions imposed on the federal budget by the House of Representatives, paving the way for a partial shutdown of government services. The US government began to shut down last night for the first time in 17 years as Democrats and Republicans failed to agree a budget in a bitter row over President Obama’s signature healthcare law.
In a sharply divided US Congress, the Democrat-led Senate and Republican-led House of Representatives failed to find common ground on a budget deal as a flurry of last-minute proposals passed between the two branches of America’s government failed to avert the shutdown.
ith the law funding thousands of routine government activities set to expire at midnight, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives were still insisting that any temporary measure to fund the government include a delay of Obamacare, knowing that it would be rejected by the Democratic-controlled Senate, as it was Monday afternoon for second time in a week.
Economy down-More than 7000,000 federal employees are on unpaid leave
More than 700,000 federal employees face unpaid leave with no guarantee of back pay once the deadlock is over. It is the first shutdown in 17 years and the dollar fell early on Tuesday.
Goldman Sachs estimates a three-week shutdown could shave as much as 0.9% from US GDP this quarter.
Obama Statement on US Shutdown
On Tuesday, Mr Obama blamed the House of Representatives for the stalemate and said he would “keep working to get Congress to reopen the government [and] restart vital services”.
“This shutdown was completely preventable. It should not have happened,” he wrote in a letter to federal government employees.
“And the House of Representatives can end it as soon as it follows the Senate’s lead, and funds your work in the United States Government without trying to attach highly controversial and partisan measures in the process.”
On Monday, House Speaker John Boehner told reporters he hoped the Senate would agree to a committee between the two chambers known as a conference “so we can resolve this for the American people”. The House has voted to keep the government open but we also want basic fairness for all Americans under Obamacare,” he said.
But on Tuesday morning, the Senate voted 54-46 to reject the request for formal negotiations to end the impasse.
At 5 p.m. (2100 GMT) Obama appeared resigned to a shutdown, stepping into the White House press room to reiterate that the shutdown would be the fault of the “extreme right wing” of the Republican Party, referring to the conservative Tea Party.
And he taunted Republicans about the health reforms known as Obamacare. It “takes effect tomorrow no matter no matter what Congress decides to do today … you can’t shut it down.”
President Obama addressed the nation on Monday afternoon (US time), frankly setting out what a shutdown would mean for the people of the United States.
“Vital services that seniors and veterans, women and children, businesses and our economy depend on will be hamstrung.
“Tourists will find every one of our national parks and monuments … immediately closed and of course the communities and small businesses that rely on these national treasures for their livelihoods will be out of customers and out of luck.
US Senator Ted Cruz Senator Ted Cruz has been among the most ardent critics of Obamacare
“These Americans are our neighbours, their kids go to our schools, they worship where we do … they are the customers of every business in this country. A shutdown will have a very real economic impact, right away.
“The idea of putting progress at risk, is the height of irresponsibility. One faction, of one party, in one House of Congress, in one branch of government, does not get to shutdown government just to refight the results of an election.
“My hope and expectation, is in the 11th hour once again, Congress will choose to do the right thing, once again.”
His comments came after the Senate’s 54-46 vote refusing to accept the House of Representative’s spending plans. While essential services such as mail delivery would remain in place, up to about 800,000 government employees could be forced off work, possibly without pay. Tens of thousands of air-traffic controllers, prison guards and border patrol agents will have to serve without the prospect of being paid.
This shutdown hit almost every sector of U.S evan NAS too efected by this shutdown. If this shutdown goe sfor more than three week, so it may possible that U.S government also send the lawyer and other workers in american courts too. Only, Hospitals, Military and some more sector would be not effected by this shutdown. U.S really facing a big problem these days and due to this shutdown almost every singla person in the country will suffer.
It may possible too that tourist won’t get VISA on time for next some more days and got some inconvenience in the air services. It may also possible that Tourist got problems on airport too in checking due to shortage in staff.