The federal government has shut down.
Despite a month of debate and a week of frantic legislative maneuvering, Congress was unable to bridge its fundamental schism: Senate Democrats pledged not to pass any budget bill that cut into Obamacare, and Republicans promised they would reject any bill that didn’t.
Neither side blinked, and so — for the first time in 17 years — the federal government will go unfunded.
House Republicans’ last-ditch bid to reach a deal collapsed Monday night when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid rejected their call to negotiate over a GOP bill that would keep the government funded but would bar health-care subsidies for members of Congress, their staffs, the president, his cabinet, and political appointees.
Reid rejected the offer, saying he would enter budget negotiations only after the House passed his party’s bill to keep the government open.
The House will remain in session until 3 a.m. Tuesday morning, but the sun will rise Tuesday on a closed federal government: Reid shuttered the Senate shortly after midnight, saying his colleagues would not return until 9:30 Tuesday morning.
Here’s a full recap of how we got here Monday, as well as the latest updates from the House.
Contributions from Tim Alberta, Matt Berman, Michael Catalini, Tom DeFrank, Catherine Hollander, Billy House, Elahe Izadi, Marina Koren, Patrick Reis, and Dustin Volz
UPDATE: 12:08 a.m.: The Senate Is Done
UPDATE: 11:50 p.m.: It's a Shutdown
UPDATE 11:28 p.m.: Latest From the House Rules Committee
House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions, R-Tex., said Monday night that House Republicans are hoping to bring all sides to the negotiating table and resolve the two-chamber differences.But even before the committee was to formally vote on the go-to-conference measure, shortly after 11 p.m., Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., shot it down.
And it wasn't just Senate Democrats giving Sessions problems. House Rules Committee top Democrat Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., called the measure another Republican “fancy two-step.”
The formation of a conference would entail the appointment of some House Republicans and Democrats, and Senate Republicans and Democrats, to hash out budget differences. But the procedures involved – and the negotiations -- could not be accomplished before the shutdown deadline.
Democrats were further outraged that House Republicans were pushing such a proposal after having refused for months to go to conference on a full-year’s budget. -- Billy House
UPDATE: 11:05 p.m.: Reid: "We Will Not Go to Conference Until We Get a Clean CR"
UPDATE: 10:30 p.m. -- 1.5 Hours to Shutdown: Towards a Conference?
Asked if he thought the government would shut down, he told
National Journal, "I do.""I feel like that's what Senator Reid and the president want," he said. -- Shane Goldmacher
UPDATE: 9:35 p.m. -- 2.5 Hours Until Shutdown: Sen. Schumer to Republicans: It’s Time to Abandon Cruz
With the continuing resolution back in the hands of the House, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D.-N.Y., said late Monday that it’s time for that chamber’s Republicans to take a leaf out of Peter King’s book. The Republican representative abandoned his party’s plan today and voted to table the House’s latest CR.
“There are large numbers in the Republican House caucus who know this is wrong,” Schumer told Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. “Very few have the courage of Pete King to stand up and say so. But privately, they admit it. And I think that—god forbid, we shut down the government—there is going to be such a reaction against them that they’re going to have to back off, hopefully after a few days.” Schumer said Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is keeping House Republicans under his thumb, “even though [they] know it's wrong, [they] know it's irrational.”
A clean CR could pull some Republicans out from under the pressure Schumer claims is forcing them to vote along party lines. -- Marina Koren
“The American people will blame Congress," the Arizona senator told CNN’s Piers Morgan. “That’s not some clairvoyance on my point, that’s polling data.”
McCain, who offered some defense to House Republicans who are still attempting to defund Obamacare because they “campaigned on and said they would go to Washington” to repeal it, also warned that this shutdown could be more severe than previous ones.
“The impact of the shutdown of the government, since we haven’t passed a single appropriations bill, will be more immediate and impactful,” McCain said. He maintained that efforts by the House GOP would continue to be fruitless.
“I’ve seen this movie before. We will not repeal Obamacare, at least in this fashion.” -- Dustin Volz