UPDATE: No Budget Agreement Triggers Shutdown


Late-night votes aren't enough to avoid a government shutdown early Tuesday morning. Now, 800,000 workers in the U.S. are furloughed.

On Monday night, The House gave the green-light to a proposal to pay the bills that included language to delay a key provision of the president's health care reforms. The Senate fired back within minutes. They shot the House plan down.

Nebraska Congressman Lee Terry issued a statement reading, in part, "The continuing resolution that we passed this evening will keep the government open. It includes a delay of the individual mandate and provides fairness for all by making Congress and the White House live by the same rules and enroll in the Obamacare exchanges.

"The administration has already given a one-year delay to employers for the mandate to cover their employees, so it only makes sense for individuals to also be exempted from this train wreck of a law."

Nebraska Congressman Congressman Adrian Smith joined Terry, a fellow Republican, in approving the ill-fated continuing resolution Monday and issued a statement saying, "“Unfortunately, the President and the Senate Majority Leader have simply refused to negotiate. Time is running out, and I am hopeful we are able to resolve this impasse as soon as possible.”

Other local representatives stuck to their party lines when voting on the measures on their agendas.

President Obama now says he'll urge lawmakers to come back together to reach an agreement and refund the government.

Among those furloughed are members of our nation's military. President Obama says he's doing what he can to minimize the effects of the shutdown on them.

"I'm signing into law legislation to make sure you get your paychecks on time," he said in a video message to soldiers. "And we'll continue working to address any impact this shutdown has on you and your families."

Senate Democrats believe the reality of a shutdown may get Republicans to consider their offer to keep funding the government no questions asked, but Republicans still implore them to defund Obamacare as a way to get things up and running.

They plan to vote on a measure today to bring Congress and the Senate together to begin negotiating a budget plan.


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