On October 1st the federal government officially shutdown when the House and the Senate failed to agree to a budget. The issue at the core of this debate is the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare. House Republicans want to alter the health care law while Senate Democrats want it to keep Obamacare the same and neither side appears to be willing to budge. Without a federal budget the government will only allow emergency employees to continue working leaving over 800,000 employees without a job and millions of people without regular pay. Employees will not be paid or return to work until the government sets a budget or passes another bill reinstating these employees. The Clean Continuing Resolution Budget is a bill that would allow the government to continue funding at pre-approved levels without debating new spending until a new budget can be negotiated, allowing people to go back to work. However, others worry that passing this bill would allow Congress to avoid making decisions on the original issues and would in fact extend the government shutdown costing the United States billions of dollars in revenue each day and weakening the country’s economic recovery.
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