Obama hits GOP ‘ideological crusade’ in shutdown

Obama hits GOP ‘ideological crusade’ in shutdown

  President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, about the government shutdown. Congress plunged the nation into a partial government shutdown Tuesday as a protracted dispute over Obama's signature health care law reached a boiling point, forcing some 800,000 federal workers off the job. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress hung “Closed” signs on a big swath of the government Tuesday and sent home 800,000 workers in what President Barack Obama labeled an “ideological crusade” by GOP lawmakers determined to gut his health care law. On Capitol Hill, House Republicans answered with a bid to restart a few favored slices of government, including national parks, while still demanding concessions on health care.

Parks and monuments were the most visible casualty on the first day of the first partial government shutdown in more than a decade.

In Washington, barricades sprang up at the Lincoln Memorial and other monuments, and the National Park Service was turning off 45 fountains around the capital. National parks from Acadia in Maine to Denali in Alaska followed suit, as did many federal workplaces. Continue reading “Obama hits GOP ‘ideological crusade’ in shutdown”

U.S. Government Shuts Down in Budget Impasse

U.S. Government Shuts Down in Budget Impasse

Doug Mills/The New York Times

A National Park Service police guarded The Lincoln Memorial as signs were put up explaining government shutdown, on Tuesday.

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Published: October 1, 2013 WASHINGTON — The vast machinery of the federal government began grinding to a halt Tuesday morning just hours after weary lawmakers gave up hope of passing a budget in the face of Republican attacks on President Obama’s health care law.

House Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio headed to vote on the latest bill to link further government financing to a weakening of President Obama‘s health care law.

President Obama met with his cabinet on Monday to discuss how to deal with a possible government shutdown. Continue reading “U.S. Government Shuts Down in Budget Impasse”