Not many people thought till the final moment that it was going to happen. But why did the Govt shut down? Many say Obamacare caused government shutdown 2013.
This is going to be another test for Obama and his administration. The Federal shutdown has begun and there are widespread concerns as to how the administration is going to tackle the shutdown and its consequences in the past. The Obama administration has been facing increasing pressure from Republicans about his pet project Obamacare and the shutdown is largely being blamed on the fact that Republicans wanted to change things about the Obamacare.
This is the first time in Obama Presidency that he has actually faced the shutdown, though last year too his government came very close to it, but it was avoided in the final moment. But if you thought that the shutdown has happened for the first time, you are obviously wrong. It is the first shutdown in the last 17 years, but there were a number of shutdowns that the US government faced. Btu when the previous shutdowns were enforced –at times when Democrats has majority in both Senate and House of Representatives –the US economy was in a far better economic condition.
Around one million employees are going to face problems in the coming days as the Federal government shut down at 12:01 a.m. ET today after the House and the Senate couldn’t agree on a spending bill to fund the government. The two parties have been trying to corner the other on many issues. The most prominent issue that has kept the two sides bogged down was Obamacare. House Republicans insisted the spending bill include anti-Obamacare amendments. Senate Democrats were just as insistent that it didn’t.
In the meantime a way out still seems very difficult at the moment. There doesn’t seem to be a consensus on the issue as Republicans are insisting that they will not budge without the amendments in Obama care they have proposed. On the other hand Democrats are not ready to toe their line and go for a joint meeting Senate- House of Representative meeting. Harry Reid Senate Majority Leader who belongs to Democrats is opposed to any such move and says, “We will not go to conference with a gun to our head…Tomorrow will be a bad day for government”.
But military is not going to face any delay in delivery of paychecks as was being predicted earlier. President Barack Obama in a statement said, “Those of you in uniform will remain on your normal duty status…Congress has passed, and I am signing into law, legislation to make sure you get your paychecks on time. And we’ll continue working to address any impact this shutdown has on you and your families…To all our DOD civilians—I know the days ahead could mean more uncertainty, including possible furloughs…And I know this comes on top of the furloughs that many of you already endured this summer. You and your families deserve better than the dysfunction we’re seeing in Congress. … That’s why I’ll keep working to get Congress to reopen our government and get you back to work as soon as possible.”