Tuesday, October 1, 2013

US government shutdown: LIVE UPDATES

The Senate has rejected the House's latest short-term government funding deal, setting up a government shutdown at 04:00 GMT.
Read more on the effects of a government shutdown. 

Tuesday, October 1 

06:50 GMT: Reaction to the failure to avoid the government shutdown is now pouring in from US lawmakers.
"I do not support Obamacare, but a shutdown of the federal government will have [a negative] impact on our markets & the economy," said Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill).
Barack Obama’s Democrats are placing the blame on the GOP. But the Republicans don’t agree. A cross-claim blame game has now ensued on Capitol Hill.
“The fact that we have reached this point is a failure of leadership. I am disappointed by President Obama and Harry Reid’s refusal to negotiate in good faith to keep the government open. I will be working to get the government open,” said Congressman Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio).
06:10 GMT: House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) startled the media by wrapping up a news conference after just 73 seconds. He said the Republicans are committed to keeping the government open, but stressed that “we also want basic fairness under Obamacare.” When asked what he would say to the 800,000 Americans affected by the forced government shutdown, Boehner evaded a direct answer and walked out of the conference.
06:00 GMT: #governmentshutdown and #TheGovernmentShutdownBecause are now among the latest hashtags topping the worldwide trends shortlist on Twitter. .............