THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHUTS DOWN FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 17 YEARS…(Hopefully FOREVER!!!)

Tuesday, October 1, 2013
By Paul Martin

BRETT LOGIURATO
BusinessInsider.com
Oct 1, 2013

The White House made it official 15 minutes early: The federal government shut down for the first time in 17 years at midnight on Tuesday.

At 11:45 p.m. ET on Monday, the Office of Management and Budget offered guidance for federal agencies to begin preparations for a partial government shutdown.

“Unfortunately, we do not have a clear indication that Congress will act in time for the President to sign a continuing resolution before the end of the day tomorrow, October 1, 2013,” OMB Director Sylvia Burwell 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 White House’s move came after a night of continued ping-pong between the House and Senate failed to produce a bill that avoided a shutdown.

A brief rundown of what has transpired over the past 10 days:

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