Government shutdown: Live updates from a country in standstill

Government shutdown: Live updates from a country in standstill

Live updates on the government shutdown.

  • 10/1/2013 8:04:11 PM Morgan Little
    The House Majority Whip's office just announced the House will vote on three individual bills allocating limited government spending at 5:45 p.m. EST - and that will be the only vote series they have scheduled today.
  • .@RepScottRigell says on Fox that because of redistricting, we have a Congress "that doesn't look like America."
  • 10/1/2013 8:02:49 PM tenny.tatusian
    Alfred Luevano, 35, of Boyle Heights came to the Healthcare Partners Medical Clinic on Atlantic Boulevard in Monterey Park looking for answers about Obamacare.

    Luevano said his mother, who is 56, has high blood pressure and doesn't have health insurance. His father, who is 60, is unemployed, and the family has had to scrape money together to pay for medical care.

    Obamacare, he said, could be the answer they have been waiting for.

    “Nobody wants to see their parents fade away,” he said.
  • 10/1/2013 8:01:32 PM Amy.Hubbard
    Should we all just go to Canada?

    At Joshua Tree's Park Rock Cafe, it's supposed to be busy season, but business is at a standstill as park rangers turn customers away.  One angry park visitor told LA Times reporter Rick Rojas: "I think we should go to Canada."

  • Dem message emerges: @SenSchumer calls new GOP plan "cynical." Shouldn’t have to choose between natl parks or enrolling kids in Head Start
  • HHS reports that 2.8 million visitors to #obamacare website since midnight
  • More from HHS - 81,000 have called help number since midnight and 60,000 have requested live chats.
  • some states may be getting ready for #obamacare ; in alabama, governor announced a new bass fishing tournament today

  • 10/1/2013 7:59:00 PM tenny.tatusian
    Covered California, the state's online enrollment system, cost $313 million. And, as predicted by those in charge, it's been glitchy all day.
  • 10/1/2013 7:58:27 PM Laura E. Davis
    If you want to stay updated on the shutdown over the coming days, our full coverage page is a good link to have handy. All our stories on the shutdown will go there.
  • Senate has appointed conferees ... on the Farm Bill!
  • 10/1/2013 7:55:07 PM FroyFroy12
    Comment from user "FroyFroy12": This what the GOP is doing to force their agenda on us. Stop holding the Government hostage! We all work for a living. Congress needs to realize that they work for the people not against the people! #governmentshutdown
  • 10/1/2013 7:54:46 PM Morgan Little
    Obama addressed the rampant technical glitches being reported by those trying to sign up for the healthcare exchanges earlier today with an Apple analogy:

    "Like every new law, every new product rollout, there are going to be some glitches in the sign-up process along the way that we will fix. Consider that just a couple of weeks ago, Apple rolled out a new mobile operating system, and within days, they found a glitch, so they fixed it."

    "I don't remember anybody suggesting Apple should stop selling iPhones or iPads or threatening to shut down the company if they didn't. That's not how we do things in America. We don't actively root for failure."
  • Obamacare PANDAmonium! MT @whitehouse : Don't be a sad panda: You can get affordable health coverage in 5 days

  • 10/1/2013 7:51:04 PM Stacey.Leasca

    The Debt Limit Explained

  • 10/1/2013 7:48:49 PM via Instagram Jose E.

    In other news, Mega Millions is now at $189 million. #NewYorkDailyNews #NYDailyNews #DailyNews #NYDN #GovernmentShutdown #Shutdown #HouseOfCards #Congress #USCongress #USHouse #FrontPage #Newspaper

  • 10/1/2013 7:42:25 PM Laura E. Davis
    What a bummer for Mike Cassesso and MaiLien Le: They spent their first date at the Jefferson Memorial and were going to get married there on Saturday. But their permits are being canceled because of the shutdown, WSJ writes.
  • 10/1/2013 7:41:55 PM Stacey.Leasca
    Welcome to the LA Times live blog on the government shutdown. Throughout the day we will bring you updates from around the country.
  • Cost of the government shutdown? $1 .6 billion a week, $300 million a day, or $12 .5 million an hour.
  • 10/1/2013 7:37:29 PM Amy.Hubbard
    From @latimesmuskal : If you're looking for a goat to the current political mess, you don't have to go farther than Gateway National Recreation Area in Sandy Hook, N.J., where 28 Nubian goats were carted away because of the shutdown -- and taken to an upstate New York farm. The removal interrupted their consumption of poison ivy at the national recreation area.
  • 10/1/2013 7:37:05 PM tenny.tatusian

    Six of One - Obamacare vs. The Affordable Care Act

  • 10/1/2013 7:36:06 PM Laura E. Davis
    One thing people are having fun with on Twitter today is #govtshutdownpickuplines -- NPR has compiled some of the best, but you can check out the hashtag for more.
  • 10/1/2013 7:35:39 PM tenny.tatusian
    Jimmy Kimmel, the late-night talk show, has become known for his man-on-the-street interviews where he exposes people's ignorance on music, fashion, current events and other trends.

    So on the eve of the Affordable Health Care Act rollout, he dispatched a camera crew to ask people in Hollywood: Which is better -- The Affordable Care Act or Obamacare?
  • Tons of applause as the WWII vets from Miss. storm their memorial. Park police on the way. #shutdown

  • Iowa vets (yellow shirts) now coming into WWII memorial with congressional security guard. #shutdown

  • No attempt to stop any WWII visitors right now. Maybe after the congressmen leave ... #shutdown

  • 10/1/2013 7:29:56 PM Stacey.Leasca
    Read full Q+A story by David Lauter by clicking here. Q: Will mail delivery and post offices keep operating as usual?

    A: Yes. The Postal Service is a quasi-independent entity and does not depend on annual appropriations, so its business will continue as usual.

    Q: How about Social Security, Medicare and Medi-Cal?

    A: Those programs will also continue, with checks being sent out as normal. They do not rely on annual appropriations. But there may be delays in processing new enrollments and dealing with questions about benefits.

    FULL COVERAGE: Obamacare and the shutdown

    Q: What about nutrition programs such as food stamps and school lunches?

    A: The food stamp program, officially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), will continue. Child nutrition programs, including school lunches, are funded at least through October.
  • 10/1/2013 7:27:12 PM Amy.Hubbard

    Very clever, Google.  The search engine congratulations Yosemite -- which is closed due to shutdown -- with a doodle honoring its 123rd birthday.  Yosemite website had this:
    by Amy.Hubbard

  • Guys, House GOP conferees are not wearing blazers. They mean business
  • Curious proposal under consideration by House Rs: highly targeted spending bills that would reopen certain (popular) fed operations
  • Panda enthusiasts find shutdown hard to bear…
  • MT @clairecmc To be clear, my office is doing its best to function though most of my staff furloughed. Half a dozen folks working very hard
  • 10/1/2013 7:23:57 PM Laura E. Davis
    Here in L.A. County, local officials are saying it's "business as usual" despite the shutdown.

    "Right now, there's no impact.
    It's business as usual for us," Ryan Alsop, an assistant chief executive for the county, says. Read the full story here.
  • MT @SenDeanHeller Just finished my shift answering phones during the shutdown.

  • 10/1/2013 7:20:44 PM Stacey.Leasca
    They had come a long way to see the giant pandas. Several thousand miles, in fact.
    But when Muscovites John Boyko and Corina Naraevskaya strolled up leafy Connecticut Avenue to the entrance of the National Zoo Tuesday, they were confronted with a locked gate and a large white sign: “All Smithsonian Museums and the National Zoo are closed today due to the government shutdown.” Read: Panda enthusiasts find shutdown hard to bear
  • 10/1/2013 7:20:33 PM Stacey.Leasca


  • 10/1/2013 7:19:41 PM Laura E. Davis
    Like Amy said, the last time the government shut down was during the Clinton administration. Here's a look at some front pages from 1995 and today.
  • 10/1/2013 7:14:50 PM Stacey.Leasca

    President Obama speaks on government shutdown crisis - government shutdown 2013

  • 10/1/2013 7:12:34 PM Morgan Little
    But the most popular government programs that have been shut down so far may soon be put back in action, if Democrats hop on board with a new GOP strategy to fund things like Veterans Affairs and National Parks, but not the IRS and EPA. The vote for that will be held tonight, but our reporters on the Hill report that there's little Dem interest in the piecemeal proposal.
  • 10/1/2013 7:12:06 PM Amy.Hubbard
    Three weeks?  The last government shutdowns were a pair during the Clinton administration. One lasted five days. The other lasted three weeks.
  • I will not accept pay during a government shutdown.

  • 10/1/2013 7:06:16 PM Morgan Little
    If President Obama's tone earlier today is any indication, the broad consensus between Democrats and Republicans needed to end this shutdown is looking unlikely at best.

    Obama has repeatedly said no continuing resolution funding the government that also has provisions limiting the implementation of Obamacare will get his signature, so we're still stuck in the same stalemate we were in last night.

  • 10/1/2013 7:00:19 PM Morgan Little
    And, of course, there are folks disappointed by the lack of pandas in their D.C. visits thanks to the National Zoo's closure.
  • 10/1/2013 6:49:57 PM Morgan Little
    To set the scene for those still a bit unsure about what's going on, and you're definitely not alone, D.C. Bureau Chief David Lauter has two helpful primers on the basics of how Congress landed in this mess, and what the implications are for particular government programs.
  • 10/1/2013 6:28:59 PM Stacey.Leasca
    A day after the House and Senate sent competing budget proposals back-and-forth multiple times, there is no clear answer to the impasse between the two chambers over how to end the first shutdown of the federal government in 17 years. Read the complete story on the government shutdown by clicking here.
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