First shutdown in 17 years: Senate and House rejected each other's plans as deadline neared

  • Article by: DAVID ESPO , Associated Press
  • Updated: October 1, 2013 - 5:40 AM

WASHINGTON — For the first time in nearly two decades, the federal government staggered into a partial shutdown early Tuesday morning after congressional Republicans stubbornly demanded changes in the nation's health care law as the price for essential federal funding and President Barack Obama and Democrats adamantly refused.

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