U.S. Government shutdown begins, Obamacare starts

Congress failed to agree on a spending bill Monday, sending the U.S. government into a shutdown for the first time in 17 years. The shutdown isn't stopping the launch of Obamacare, which is going live the same day the government is shutting down. Real-time coverage of the historic decision from Digital First Media on the shutdown and the launch of Obamacare.

  • Congress finally passes last-minute deal

    By a vote of 81-18 in the Senate and 285- 144 in the House, Congress agreed to a bipartisan bill to temporarily reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling. President Obama signed it into law after midnight.

    Here's the plan they approved:

    • Fund the government through Jan. 15
    • Raise the debt ceiling through Feb. 7 and give the Treasury room to maneuver after that
    • Require government to certify incomes of people who receive subsidies from Obamacare
    • Deliver backpay to furloughed federal workers
    • Agree to talk about sequester cuts in the future
    • Form a bipartisan group to hammer out more long-term details. (Although as The Washington Post points out, those usually don't work)
    The White House budget office says federal workers should plan to return to work Thursday morning. 
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