United States federal government shuts down
WASHINGTON, D.C - Congress has missed the midnight deadline for avoiding the first partial government shutdown in 17 years.
The White House ordered a shutdown after the House Republicans and the Democratic Senate could not come up with a solution for funding the government. The House Republicans wanted to have a one-year delay on the Affordable Healthcare Act, also known as Obamacare, which the Senate repeatedly denied.
An estimated 800,000 workers face furloughs, but many were told to take a half day on Tuesday. Air traffic controls and military operations will continue, along with Social Security benefits being paid. National Parks and most federal offices will be closed.