Updated at 8:53 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 1:
Washington, DC (WSYR-TV) – House Republicans decided they will not attempt to pass any more bills Monday night, effectively shutting down the Federal government for the first time since 1996.
The Democratic-controlled Senate denied two bills passed by the house because they called for the delay of President Obama’s signature piece of legislation – the Affordable Care Act – for one year.
The shut down was underway early Tuesday morning.
Two previous shutdowns in the 1990s cost the country $1.4 billion.CNN made a list detailing how the government shutdown will most impact Americans
1.) Vacations – National Parks would close and many passports would not be processed
2.) Holidays and celebrations – Many Federal employees who do not work in “critical services” would be furloughed
3.) Military personnel would be paid via IOUs until the shutdown ends
4.) Essential banking functions – including tax collection – will continue
5.) US Postal employees will continue to work; mail will be delivered
6.) Obamacare would still go through because its funding is isn’t conditional on the congressional budget’s passage
7.) The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives would be affected – potentially impacting people who try to obtain a gun permit
8.) Trash collection in Washington, DC, would halt because the city’s budget is subject to Congressional approval
9.) The government would pay benefits, Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security – among other things considered “mandatory"
For additional details, visit CNN.com
Note: When this list was compiled, military personnel were to be paid by IOU. A vote was taken since to ensure that military personnel would be paid