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Federal government goes into shutdown



The first government shutdown in 17 years went into effect at 12:01 a.m., as House Republicans unsuccessfully tried make defunding or delaying Obamacare a condition of a short-term budget.

"We're not supposed to be doing the business of some right wing senator from Texas," fumed Rep. Jim McGovern D-Mass., referring to Sen. Ted Cruz, the face of the defund effort. "This is failure of your leadership."

Republicans cast Senate Democrats as unwilling to negotiate. The House was to vote early Tuesday to seek a budget conference with the Senate. Speaker John Boehner named as one of his conferees Rep. Ander Crenshaw, the Jacksonville Republican who is chair of the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee. But the Senate, which convenes at 9:30 a.m., is not likely to go along. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid insisted on a six-week spending bill. “We will not go to conference with a gun to our heads,” he said.

Reaction from Florida:

Rep. Steve Southerland, one of the new Republicans who helped push Speaker John Boehner to take a harder line toward the health care law, said on Twitter: "Midnight has come & gone. After Washington Dems rejected 3 House proposals to keep gov't open, we have now entered the Reid/Pelosi Shutdown."

Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach: “Tea Partiers have paralyzed the Congress, causing the first government shutdown in nearly 20 years. Democrats have already agreed to significant spending cuts, so it’s time for the radical Republicans to stop their temper tantrums and agree to a clean budget bill.”

[Last modified: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 1:54am]


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