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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With the shutdown in effect, many people aren’t going to work today and aren’t getting paid.
But members of Congress will continue getting their paycheck and people are mad about it, CNN’s Athena Jones reports.
Jones asks Representative Paul Gosar what he thinks about getting paid while some federal workers will not.
Gosar says, “Nobody is above the law, and that means the President, the attorney general, as well as us. All of them ought to be putting that on hold until it’s resolved.”
Although some lawmakers will be depositing their check as usual, Representative Tulsi Gabbard says she will not be accepting the check and writing one straight back to the U.S. treasury so she will be “standing in solidarity with everyone else who's wondering when the government is going to be functioning again.”
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On “New Day” this morning, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), Chairman of the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee, tells Anchor Chris Cuomo that he did not shut down the government, while claiming that the problems with Obamacare are “small” and not worth the shutdown.
Chairman Issa says, “All we’re trying to do is keep the American people from being forced into buying into exchanges before they even are up and running or we know how much they cost. Is it small? Yes, it’s small. Is it worth a shutdown? Of course not.”
When Cuomo asks Chairman Issa if he thinks it is wrong to shut down the government, he replies:
“You can’t accuse me of beating my wife and then turn around and tell me isn’t that true. We did not shut down the government. We offered to the Senate again and again things to keep the government fully funded. We have said we want to go to conference, we want to have a discussion about the delay of portions of Obamacare for a short period of time, in order to get it right. We know that the vast majority of Senators agree with us; they’re simply being told don’t cross your President, any change to Obamacare unless President Obama makes the change, which he’s done more than a half a dozen times, is unacceptable. The American people want compromise. We’re saying we want compromise. This morning at 9:30 when the Senate opens, they have an opportunity to have a discussion with us openly about the things we need to do to get this government open again. I would vote for a short term [continuing resolution] in order to have that conference pass. I know the Speaker and the leadership would, too.”
A driver of an SUV is assaulted by a mob of motorcyclists on the streets of New York City, all while his wife and two-year-old are in the car. New York police are now on the hunt for the violent pack of bikers.
The terrifying highway show-down is all caught on video, showing between 20-30 bikers surrounding the family of three inside their SUV. The driver plows through them - but it's not over.
Police say what followed was a high-speed chase—with a brutal ending.
“They catch up and one opens the door, but the driver of the SUV floors it and gets away,” CNN’s John Berman reports.
The chase continues off the highway.
“Stuck behind New York City traffic, an enraged biker makes his move, using a helmet to bash in the driver's window.” Police say the driver is then taken out of the car and assaulted.
“The driver did receive stitches at the hospital. He has been released and is doing fine,” Berman says. “The wife and daughter not hurt in that just awful incident.”
"This is a sort of a major stunt event where motorcyclists from various locations come together,” says Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. “Their ultimate goal is to get into Times Square.”
Police are now checking security cameras for any information that could lead to arrests.”
Follow along at CNN.com for developments.