While up to 800,000 federal workers faced life without a paycheck as Day One of the government shutdown kicked in, Democrats and Republicans persisted in talking past each other without actually talking to each other to end the nation’s latest fiscal crisis.
The Senate began its day on Tuesday by rejecting a GOP discount links london necklace counteroffer that would have delayed Obamacare for a year and ended federally provided health care for the president, members of Congress and their staffs while funding the government for 11 weeks.
The Republican-led House offered its latest gambit on Tuesday night but failed in separate votes to approve piecemeal funding for three specific programs — the District of Columbia, veterans affairs and national parks.
At the heart of the issue is the insistence by House Republicans that any spending plan for the new fiscal year include anti-Obamacare amendments. Senate Democrats are just as insistent that it doesn’t.
However, Boehner has succumbed to pressure from the tea party right to avoid a vote that would pass something without causing some harm to the links of london sterling charm health care reforms. Speaking in the early minutes of the shutdown, the Ohio Republican insisted the House voted “to keep the government open” and assure “fairness for all Americans under Obamacare” — then walked away from the podium.
Federal employees who are considered essential will continue working. Those deemed non-essential — up to 800,000 — could be furloughed, unsure when they’ll be able to work or get paid again.
Members of the military will also get paid — thanks to Congress, which unanimously managed to come together to pass a bill that Obama signed. “They have to do their job, get a budget passed, to fund the government and do the services that we’re paid links of london bangle to do and American people need.”
But it’s uncertain how the shutdown will affect veterans, including the 3.3 million who are disabled. If the shutdown stretches into late October, the Veterans Affairs Department could have to halt disability and pension checks for elderly and ill veterans.