Source: Bloomberg News / NBC News
@BloombergNews: BREAKING: U.S. federal government officially shuts down for first time in 17 years
Shutdown to begin as Congress remains deadlocked
By Carrie Dann and Michael O'Brien, NBC News
Federal government officials told agencies to begin executing plans
for a partial government shutdown Monday as Congress failed to reach an
agreement on a funding measure.
In a memo to executive branch officers sent less than half an hour
before a midnight deadline, Office of Management and Budget director
Sylvia Burwell said there was no "clear indication" that Congress would
reach an agreement to keep the government's lights on by 12:01 a.m. ET
"Agencies should now execute plans for an orderly shutdown due to
the absence of appropriations," she wrote. "We urge Congress to act
quickly to pass a Continuing Resolution to provide a short-term bridge
that ensures sufficient time to pass a budget for the remainder of the
fiscal year, and to restore the operation of critical public services
and programs that will be impacted by a lapse in appropriations."
The shutdown is expected to place tens of thousands of federal
workers on furlough, close national parks and monuments, and disrupt
services like food assistance and IRS audits. Services like benefit
payments and national security operations would go on as usual, and –
because of a bipartisan measure passed by both houses of Congress and
signed into law by the president late Monday – members of the military
will continue to be paid.
As the clock ticked down to midnight, the House announced that it
would try to shift decision-making to a bipartisan "conference" of
lawmakers from both chambers, but Democratic Senate Majority Leader
Harry Reid immediately rejected that plan.
Read more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/memoranda/2013/m-13-24.pdf