Government shutdown Day 1
WASHINGTON D.C. — It's day one of the shutdown. Hundreds of thousands of government workers are not earning a paycheck, Tory Dunnan has the story.
"Mr. Speaker, a message from the Senate."
Simply put, still no deal.
On Capitol Hill, the showdown over a partial government shutdown plays on.
Sen. Harry Reid, (D) Majority Leader, "Speaker Boehner and his band of radicals have done the unthinkable, they've shut down the federal government."
Rep. John Boehner, (R) House Speaker, "My goodness they won't even sit down and have a discussion about this. "
The sticking point: House Republicans wants anti-Obamacare amendments in the spending bill.
Senate Democrats say no way, no how. Over at the White House, strong words from President Obama, "They shut down over a crusade to stop it, wanted ransom for doing their job"
But as the finger pointing continues, Americans are already feeling the impact.
An estimated 800,000 federal employees are furloughed
Angela Anderson, Federal Employee, "People have bills, they have children in college, they have things they have to get paid."
Barrington Goldston, Federal Employee,"I'm really annoyed at it and very disappointed"
It's not just pay checks, parks are closed and even Panda cams at the zoo went dark.
Signs and barricades at museums and monuments mark the moment.
Millions of people who depend on some food assistance are directly impacted.
Those applying for federal loans to buy a house, you'll have to wait.
As for what's exempt, Social Security, Medicare and unemployment benefits will keep being paid. Air Traffic Control and military salaries, still funded and you'll still get your mail.
President Barack Obama, "The longer this shutdown continues...more families will be hurt, more businesses will be harmed."
And there's no resolution in sight.