Obama to address the nation on first day of government shutdown
On day one the first government shutdown in 17 years, President Barack Obama will address the United States from the White House rose garden Tuesday afternoon.
Pres. Obama is expected to make a statement shortly after noon in Washington, roughly 12 hours after a longstanding budget stalemate on Capitol Hill caused a midnight shutdown impacting a number of government agencies and initiatives across the board.
In all, Congress’ failure to compromise on a budget is expected to end with 800,000 federal workers being sent home without pay and the shuttering of national parks and government programs aplenty.
"Veterans, who've sacrificed for their country, will find their support centers unstaffed," Obama said Monday afternoon before the midnight deadline came and went without a compromise. "Tourists will find every one of America's national parks and monuments, from Yosemite to the Smithsonian to the Statue of Liberty, immediately closed."
The shut-down erupted after the Republican-controlled House of Representatives failed to come to agreement with the Democrat-led Senate with regards to passing the federal budget. At the core of the issue was the GOP’s reluctance to accept Obama’s Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare,” which finally went into effect Tuesday morning amid the shut-down notwithstanding negative sentiment from the Republican Party.
“They actually did it. A group of Republicans in the House just forced a government shutdown over Obamacare instead of passing a real budget,” the presidential Twitter account announced early Tuesday.
"The Affordable Care Act is moving forward. You can't shut it down,” the president said.
The last government shutdown occurred in 1996 amid the administration of then-President Bill Clinton.