Starting at midnight Tuesday, October 1, 2013, the US government shut down for the first time in 17 years after a gridlocked Congress failed to reach a federal budget deal amid bitter brink.
About 800,000 federal employees will be furloughed, with no guarantee of retroactive pay besides closing down the national parks and cripple some programs, leaving essential services up and running.
The shutdown will have far-reaching impacts throughout the US where national parks and routine safety inspections of food for example are curtailed as the majority of federal employees tasked with their operations have been ordered not to report to work on Tuesday.
A digital screen capture of the website http://notice.usa.gov/ shows the website would not be updated from October 1, 2013, due to the federal government shutdown.
The shutdown, impacts among other services, the tourism industry. If you plan to visit the Lady Liberty, be aware that it is closed. An official announcement said both the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island are now off limits to tourists.
Tourists travelling to Omaha Beach to pay their respects to the 9,387 military dead at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial which was set up after the First World War, will find it closed.
Addressing Americans, Barack Obama slammed Republicans for shutting down the government as part of an "ideological crusade" designed to kill his signature health care law.
"We know that the last time Republicans shut down the government in 1996, it hurt our economy. And unlike 1996, our economy is still recovering from the worst recession in generations," said Barack Obama addressing Americans on the first day of the shutdown.
Obama reminded the Republicans not to abandon hardworking Americans who will benefit from his healthcare plan. Due to the shutdown, his administration introduced a new insurance plan to help Americans.
When will this end? Nobody knows. The President met with Republican and Democrat leaders on Wednesday to try to break the budget deadlock but there was no breakthrough. Obama said he won't negotiate with the Republicans until they pass an extension of funding to reopen the government.