House Republicans suffered a major a defeat Tuesday night when a series of bills they proposed to ease the impact of the shutdown failed on the House floor. This came as both sides said they were no closer to reaching an agreement to fund the government. Michael Scotto has the story.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Lawmakers are back to work on Tuesday with no sign of an agreement in sight. The government shutdown officially took effect at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday.
The shutdown comes as the result of a fight over Obamacare. On Monday, there was a series of votes. However, both sides of the government could not agree.
Over the weekend, the Senate voted to reject a House funding plan. The House responded by voting on another plan to delay the individual insurance mandate for one year. However, the Senate rejected that plan.
On Monday, the House voted to negotiate their differences, but Senate Democrats said they would not negotiate any changes to the Affordable Care Act as part of the funding plan.
"Not with a gun to everybody's head. Let's go to conference while they shutdown the government and hurt millions of innocent people? Speaker Boehner isn't going to get away with this subterfuge, just as he hasn't gotten away with the previous ones," said Senator Charles Schumer.
"We believe we should fund the government and we think their ought to be basic fairness for all Americans under Obamacare. Now, the Senate has continued to reject our offers, but under the Constitution there is a way to resolve this process, and that is to go to conference and talk through your differences," said House Speaker John Boehner. "And I would hope the Senate would accept our offer to go to conference to discuss this so we can resolve this for the American people."
Rochester Congresswoman Louise Slaughter called on the House to pass a clean resolution. She expressed concern about the lasting impact the shutdown will have on the American people.
"All we had to do was vote for the senate amendment resolution and pass that here, which could have been done with bipartisan votes. It than would have gone to the President of the United States, and government workers could have slept easier tonight if we'd done that," said Slaughter. "They aren't going to have to worry about paying their rent, or buying groceries, or paying tuition for their child in college. What we are doing to the psyche of Americans...what Republicans are doing to the psyche of Americans will be a long time in healing."
In terms of the impact, military and air traffic controllers will remain on duty. Military members will also continue to be paid as a result of a bill passed Monday. However, thousands of other government workers will be furloughed. That includes passport offices, loan application offices, and many more.
Lawmakers who have caused this shutdown though, will continue to be paid. Obamacare will also continue, as the Affordable Care Act is funded by mandatory funds. The health insurance exchanges also begin Tuesday, as previously planned.