U.S. Federal Government Shuts Down

    Janette Dunder of Alexandria, Va., protests outside the Capitol building as Congress continues the budget battle Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, in Washington. President Barack Obama ramped up pressure on Republicans Monday to avoid a post-midnight government shutdown, saying that failure to pass a short-term spending measure to keep agencies operating would "throw a wrench into the gears" of a recovering economy. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

    Evan Vucci

    It's really happening. As of midnight Tuesday, the federal government has shut down after Congress failed to pass the spending bill. The Office of Management and Budget directed executive agencies to shut down just before midnight on Monday. The memo read: "We urge Congress to act quickly to pass a Continuing Resolution to provide a short-term bridge that ensures sufficient time to pass a budget for the remainder of the fiscal year, and to restore the operation of critical public services and programs that will be impacted by a lapse in appropriations." Still, Obama reassured that Obamacare is still in effect. From the president's Twitter account: "'The Affordable Care Act is moving forward. You can't shut it down.' —President Obama #Obamacare"

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