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The US government is officially partially shutdown


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This means 800,000 federal workers will be furloughed Tuesday. National parks, monuments and museums, as well as most federal offices, will close. Tens of thousands of air-traffic controllers, prison guards and Border Patrol agents will work without pay. And many congressional hearings - including one scheduled for Tuesday on last month's Washington Navy Yard shootings - will be postponed. At the heart of the issue-- is the president's healthcare law also called Obamacare. Democrats refuse to defund it and that's what House Republicans are pushing for as a contingent to write a bill to fund government expenses. The bitter fight over healthcare and funding the government has even divided Congress. Many Senate Republicans broke ranks with House GOP members over the handling of the bill that would avert a shutdown but defund the president's healthcare law. President Obama has been taking Republicans to task over the past several weeks blaming them for the partisan rancor that has gripped Washington. But House members with Tea Party interests ignored the president and fought back against the administration. Americans are beyond annoyed. A new CNN opinion poll shows that a majority of U-S citizens disapprove of the job Congress is doing. EIGHTY-SEVEN percent of respondents said they are dissatisfied with the performance of federal lawmakers. The approval rating for the Democrats has dropped nine points, and the GOP edged down three -- from THIRTY-FIVE percent in May to THIRTY-TWO percent now. The poll ratings are also down for the tea party movement. But there's a lot of blame to go around. America's workforce heads into the job market with less members. The uncertainty surrounding the government shutdown even if temporary will not be realized until week's end. Even if a resolution were to be passed in upcoming days it would only be the precursor to the debt limit showdown which is most likely to occur in about two weeks.



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