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October 2013



Government Shutdown

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Говорят, завтра это случится.

Parts of the federal government officially shut down at 12:01 Tuesday morning after Congress played hot potato with a spending bill for several hours but failed to come to an agreement to fully fund normal operations.

By midday Monday, the congressional debate had fallen into a predictable pattern and a shutdown seemed inevitable. The House would pass a version of the spending bill that delayed or chipped away at the Affordable Care Act. The Senate would proceed to strip the bill of its amendments, pass it, and send it back to the House, and the cycle would start again.

Late Monday night, in a last ditch effort to end the ping-ponging between the House and Senate, House Republicans offered to setup a bipartisan conference committee to negotiate the differences between the House and Senate bills. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., rejected that proposal outright, repeating his mantra that the Senate isn’t interested in passing anything but a “clean” spending bill and that they won’t be forced to negotiate “with a gun to our head.” Senate Democrats also pointed out that they had been calling for a bipartisan conference for months, a request that had been brushed off by House Republicans.

Earlier Monday, President Obama placed calls to Reid, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. Monday afternoon, but did not seem to be looking for a negotiating partner. He reiterated his preference for a “clean” spending bill free of any amendments and said he would continue to oppose any attempts to defund or delay the healthcare law, a White House official said.

In the morning, an estimated 800,000 of the 2.1 million federal workers who are deemed nonessential for the operations of the government will be sent home after they have shut down their work. Only employees who are necessary to ensure national security and protect Americans’ lives and property will be allowed to work, albeit without pay, along with a few other types of workers.

The Office of Management and Budget instructed agencies just before midnight that they should “execute plans for an orderly shutdown due to the absence of appropriations.”

The House and Senate passed a bill, which Mr. Obama signed late Monday night, ensuring that active-duty military personnel and those who support them will be paid through the shutdown.


Короче, завтра американские госслужащие не выйдут на работу. Думаю, что не все, а какая-то часть оных.

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