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United States Begins Government Shutdown

Published: October 1, 2013 | 1:26 pm
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For the first time in 17 years, the federal government of the United States has become inactive. The process of a partial shutdown of the federal government has begun following disagreements between the Democrats and the Republicans in the Senate and the House of Representatives over the State Budget. The Republicans, who are in control of the House of Representatives, were demanding a postponement of President Obama’s healthcare reforms by one year. In response, the Senate, which is controlled by the Democrats, did not get the Budget approved by the 1 October deadline. Until a compromise can be reached, up to 700 000 employees of the federal government will be placed on unpaid leave, while non-emergency State institutions will not be serving the citizens. The situation also affects the process of issuing passports and visas.

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