Washington (KTNV) -- The country has not been in this situation in decades and both political parties are playing the blame game.
The truth is that both sides are at fault. There have been so many chances to reach a deal but neither side wanted to budge.
So, what exactly was the sticking point?
House bills would have fully funded the government but their focus on Obamacare meant certain defeat in the Senate.
Nevada Sen. Harry Reid said over and over that he wouldn't even consider a bill that defunds the healthcare overhaul.
Most Americans want to know though how the partial shutdown will affect them directly.
Some government workers and Department of Defense civilian employees will be furloughed until the shutdown is over.
Some home loans will be delayed and gun permits and passports will be put on hold.
National parks and museums are now closed including Lake Mead National Recreation Area and the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.
But, most Americans will not feel any effects. At least not in the short term.
Mail will still be delivered, social security and Medicaid are protected, and the military will continue to be paid.
Lawmakers will be back on Capitol Hill Tuesday morning to work on a compromise.
The country has been though 17 shutdowns since 1977. On average, they last just three days.
The last shutdown happened in 1995 and there was no doom and gloom at the time.
In fact, the stalemate actually did some good. It led to welfare reform and the budget surplus of the late 90's. Also, the stock market actually went up during the time the government was closed.
And if you are interested in how Nevada's politicians voted:
The vote was 228 to 201 with a dozen Republicans opposed and 9 Democrats in favor.
Congressman Steven Horsford was among the group of nine. Joe Heck and Mark Amodei were also in favor.
Congresswoman Dina Titus, D-NV, was opposed.
66 questions and answers about government shutdown -- USA Today
Operations and Protocols for Federal Government Shutdown -- Joe Heck's website