BY | September 28, 2013

Federal government shutdown 2013 is all set to be a reality and: military pay may be affected as lawmakers fight to score brownie points

In wake of Congress failing to clear the emergency spending bill that the Republicans sought for defunding the new healthcare reform law, more popularly known as ‘Obamacare’, it has increased the likelihood of the U.S. government facing a shutdown on October 1.

The Republicans had demanded the clearance of the emergency spending bill for using towards accomplishment of the Tea Party-backed goals. Fearing the shutdown and the consequences arising out of it, some of lawmakers suggested passing the bill so that the government could get more time to ponder over the bill.

Representative Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, a senior House Republican, said: “People are talking about a 10-day CR, a so-called continuing resolution to fund the government through October 10.”

Even though the Senate was moving in the right direction of passing the bill so that U.S. government could operate beyond midnight on Monday, there were several doubts as to the reactions of the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.

With the current fiscal year ending midnight Monday along with the government funding the Democratic-led Senate was all prepared to deliver an emergency funding bill with no add-ons, such as defunding the healthcare law, on the call President Barack Obama. Further even though the House can cast a vote on that measure in an unlikely Saturday session,  there are high chances that it would staple on a new measure to that bill, which likely would be rejected by the Senate and make a shutdown all the more likely.

In case the there is a government shutdown it would lead to 800,000 federal employees being furloughed. Meanwhile Obamacare, following its implementation on Tuesday would start the open enrolment for individuals to purchase insurance.


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