Seventeen years ago, America encountered a government shutdown under former President Bill Clinton’s administration. Today (Oct. 1) marks the 17th time the country has entered a standstill, as the Republican and Democratic parties have failed to reach a consensus on the nation’s spending bill, which funds the government.
Reports state that the reason for the shutdown is partly due to the Affordable Care Act, nicknamed Obamacare, as House Republicans stand firm against re-litigating the health care law. Until an agreement can be reached, 800,000 federal workers are furloughed, people who depend on food assistance or applying for federal loans will feel this impact, and 401 national parks will be closed.
Check out 21 tweets concerning the shutdown on Capitol Hill.
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