At a about a 11:45 p.m. on Sept. 30, the director of the Office of Management and Budget sent out the directive and the first federal government shutdown in 17 years took effect at 12:01 a.m. on Oct. 1 after House Republicans and Senate Democrats could not agree on a spending bill. The shutdown lasted for 16 days, forcing 1.3 million federal workers to report for duty without pay and furloughing hundreds of thousands of others as government-run facilities, including national parks and monuments, were temporarily closed. The U.S. Budget Office estimated the shutdown cost taxpayers $2 billion. For more U.S. News & World Report coverage of the shutdown, click the links below.
- Government Shutdown Follows Lawmaker Bickering on Obamacare
- Was the Government Shutdown Worth It for Republicans?
- States Prepare Layoffs, Furloughs During Shutdown
- 10 Effects of a Federal Shutdown
- Government Shutdown of Parks and Parking Lots Sparks Citizen Anger
- Ron Paul Isn't Thrilled by 'Rather Annoying' Shutdown Debate
- Shutdown Ends: Obama Signs Law Reopening Federal Government
- The Shutdown Debt Ceiling Deal Sows the Seeds of the Next Crisis
- Class-Action Lawsuit Seeks Double Pay for 1.3 Million Federal Workers Affected By Shutdown
- Women Solved the Government Shutdown, Maybe They Can Fix the Rest of Washington
- More U.S. News coverage of the shutdown