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White House tells agencies they will shut down

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Monday's attempts at negotiating over the temporary spending bill failed.

Shortly before midnight, the White House's budget office began telling federal agencies to start shutting down on Tuesday.

Late Monday night, congressional leaders still could not come to an agreed upon bill with the House and some Senate Republicans wanting to continue to include provisions that work on taking away funding for the Affordable Care Act.

The House wanted to negotiate on keeping some "anti-Obamacare" provisions in the temporary spending bill, but the Senate voted twice against the GOP demands.

The President did sign legislation that will keep up with the pay for military personnel who previously stood to not receive earned pay until the end of the shutdown.

Despite the government shutdown, the implementation of Obamacare still continues as its funding is not tied into the budget.

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Both political parties are blaming each other in a stalemate that could lead to the first partial government shutdown in 17 years.

The House introduced a temporary spending bill over the weekend that funds the government, if Democrats agree to a one year delay of the Affordable Care Act.
    
Monday, the Senate rejected that condition.
    
Democrats say Republicans are holding the American people hostage over healthcare.
    
But House Speaker John Boehner defends the stance, saying Obamacare is not ready.

"No one knows what the rules are," said Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, House speaker.

"Employers scared to hire new employees cutting the hours of workers. I have said it before, Congress has two jobs, pass a budget and pay the bills."

Unless one side blinks, the government faces a partial shutdown at midnight tonight.

It's a battle in Washington that's going to have major effects here at home.

National parks, monuments and museums will close. You will see delays in passport and gun permit processing. Applications for federal small business loans or government-insured mortgages will be put on hold.

And if you're a federal employee, there's a chance you will be one of the 800,000 facing furloughs. Other government employees, like the 1.3 million active duty military troops, will still have to come to work but their paychecks could be delayed.

"If we don't have some carve out for military paychecks, and we have a lot of military bases here, those people are going to be very disappointed and that will hurt the economy around the bases," says Brad Lockerbie, a political expert who teaches at ECU.

Your wallet will also take a hit as you will still have to pay taxes and help foot the bill for a shutdown the White House estimates could cost $2 billion.

Still, Lockerbie predicts the overall economic impact will be relatively modest if the shutdown ends quickly.

"There'd be probably a hit to the stock market for a few days but I'd imagine it would rebound," he says.

During the partial shutdown, some agencies would continue to function as normal.

The post office would stay open, social security checks would still go out and Medicare patients could still see their doctors.

As for Congress and the president, they would all still get paid.











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