Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer, James Clyburn, Xavier Becerra, Steve Israel, Chris Van Hollen
Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., center, with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., right, urge House Republicans to return to negotiations to fund the government, during a news conference just before midnight at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Sept. 30, 2013. For the first time in nearly two decades, the federal government staggered into a partial shutdown Monday at midnight after congressional Republicans stubbornly demanded changes in the nation's health care law as the price for essential federal funding and President Barack Obama and Democrats adamantly refused. Joining Van Hollen and Pelosi are, from left, Assistant Minority Leader James Clyburn, D-S.C., Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Eric Cantor, John Boehner, Kevin McCarthy
House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., left, and House Majority Whip Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., rear center, look on as Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, pauses during a news conference on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 in Washington. Congress was unable to reach a midnight deadline to keep the government funded, triggering the first government shutdown in more than 17 years. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Posted: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 7:58 am
Updated: 3:15 pm, Fri Oct 4, 2013.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress plunged the nation into a partial government shutdown Tuesday as a long-running dispute over President Barack Obama's health care law stalled a temporary funding bill, forcing about 800,000 federal workers off the job and suspending most non-essential federal programs and services.
With the Republican-controlled House and Democratic-controlled Senate at a stalemate, it was unclear how long the government would remain shuttered. The No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, Dick Durbin of Illinois, called the failure to pass a budget "conduct unbefitting a responsible Congress" and said he hoped it could be resolved by the end of the day Tuesday.
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Tuesday, October 1, 2013 7:58 am.
Updated: 3:15 pm.