US begins government shutdown as budget deadline passes

October 1, 2013   // 0 Comments

  Mark Mardell and Robert Peston - BBC News The US government has begun a partial shutdown after the two houses of Congress failed to agree a new budget. The Republican-led House of Representatives insisted on delaying President Barack Obama's healthcare reform - dubbed Obamacare - as a condition for passing a bill. More than 700,000 federal employees face unpaid leave with no guarantee o...

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