U.S. government fails to avoid shutdown, leaving workers and services in limbo
The U.S. government was unable to avoid a shutdown after the Democratic-led Senate and the Republican-controlled House were unable to reach a compromise on a federal budget bill to keep the government open.
The Congress has been deadlocked, with House Republicans demanding that President Barack Obama's healthcare law, which is to take effect on Tuesday, be repealed or stripped of its funding as a condition for passing a budget bill.
Hours before the midnight deadline, the Senate voted against a proposal by House Republicans for a temporary funding bill that would have kept the government open but delayed implementation of the healthcare program for a year and permanently repealed a tax on medical devices that helps finance it.
House Republicans countered by scaling back their demands and seeking different concessions in exchange for allowing the government to remain open.
The partial government shutdown on Tuesday will affect hundreds of thousands of people and a wide range of programs from national parks to the Pentagon.
More than 700-thousand public service workers will be sent home on unpaid leave.
National parks and museums will close and pension and veterans' benefit checks will likely be delayed.
However, programs that are deemed essential, such as air traffic control and food inspections, are likely to continue.
The U.S. government has not undergone a shutdown since 1995, when services were suspended for a record 21 days after Republicans demanded President Bill Clinton agree to their version of a balanced budget.
Sohn Jung-in, Arirang News.