The game of chicken failed. Neither side blinked. Now millions will pay the price.
Americans watched a colossal failure by Congress overnight – and the shut down of their government.
CNN's Brianna Keilar reports on day one of the closure.
For weeks, the House and the Senate blamed and bickered, each claiming they're standing up for what the public wants.
In the end, it led to the one outcome nobody wanted – one that will stop 800,000 Americans from getting paid and could cost the economy about $1 billion a week.
This is the first time the government has shut down in nearly 18 years. The last time it did, the stalemate lasted 21 days.
But the largely polarizing Affordable Care Act is funded, and it’s government operations that screech to a halt.
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