Midnight or bust: Government shutdown looms

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Midnight or bust: Government shutdown looms

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September 30, 2013 Updated Sep 30, 2013 at 3:11 PM CDT

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- It still could be avoided, but a partial shutdown of the federal government takes effect at midnight Eastern Time.

In Washington D.C. the battle over Obamacare and the budget has reached a new depth of dysfunction.

With still no deal in Congress, federal workers are worried

“It's definitely going to have an impact on my livelihood, our livelihood,” said Ashley Smith of the U.S. Treasury Department.

Venu Ghanta sets pollutions standards for Environmental Protection Agency.

“It's frustrating but I guess that’s what you put up with these days as a federal employee,” Ghanta said.

If a shutdown goes into effect, national parks would close, U.S. troops would get paid but 800,000 civilian federal workers would get furloughed including people who approve passports, visas, gun permits and federal mortages. All those services could stop as of midnight.

However, the budget battle rages on. House Republicans demanding the Senate do what they did.

“Pass a one year delay of Obamacare and a permanent repeal of the medical device tax,” said House Speaker John Boehner, (R) Ohio.

Democrats howled at the choice defund the health care law or government shuts down.

“It's like mass psychosis has taken over the Republican caucus,” said Rep. Gerald Connolly, (D) Virginia.

President Obama said threats cannot lead to a deal.

“Only way to do that is for everyone to sit down in good faith without threatening to harm women, children, vets with a government shut down,” Mr. Obama said.

He won the next round, the Senate vote to keep government going.

“We are not going to change Obamacare,” said Sen. Harry Reid, (D) Nevada.

However, as House Republicans returned, they vowed to force a change.

The new Boehner plan is to vote tonight to delay Obamacare's individual mandate. Senate leader Reid said he will not be slapped around or bullied to keep government going. In other words: no deal.

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