U.S. government shuts down; Congress remains deadlocked

U.S. government shuts down; Congress remains deadlocked

 The inside of the closed Smithsonian Air and Space Museum is seen in Washington

The inside of the closed Smithsonian Air and Space Museum is seen in Washington October 1, 201
The inside of the closed Smithsonian Air and Space Museum is seen in Washington October 1, 2013. The U.S. government partially shutdown for the first time in 17 years on Tuesday as a standoff between President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans over healthcare reforms closed many government offices, museums and national parks and slowed everything from trade negotiations to medical research. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES)
John Whitesides and Andy Sullivan 6 minutes ago

By John Whitesides and Andy Sullivan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government partially shut down for the first time in 17 years on Tuesday as a standoff between President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans over healthcare reforms closed many government offices, museums and national parks and slowed everything from trade negotiations to medical research.

Federal agencies were directed to cut back services and up to 1 million workers were put on unpaid leave. The stalemate sparked new questions about the ability of a deeply divided Congress to perform its most basic functions.

Republicans in the House of Representatives had tried to tie renewal of government funding to measures undermining President Barack Obama’s signature health care law, while the Democratic-controlled Senate repeatedly rejected those efforts. Continue reading “U.S. government shuts down; Congress remains deadlocked”