The US budget crisis forced the government yesterday to shut down partially for the first time in 17 years, putting a choke hold on Washington and escalating into a paralysing domestic political crisis.
National monuments were barricaded Tuesday and hundreds of thousands of federal workers were sent home without pay. Triggered by the failed congressional budget debate, many social services have also come to a halt, affecting citizens who are dependent on social aids and medical financial assistance provided by the government.
Public institutions such as the world-famous Statue of Liberty in New York and many monuments are all closed, and even the Twitter account of the US Capitol has ceased its operation for the time being.
Nonetheless, important government agencies such as Homeland security and border patrol will still be operating full-fledge. Cases will continue to be heard in the federal courts, and furloughs of their employees will only happen if the shutdown persists.
Many supporters of US president Barack Obama blamed the “Tea Party” conservatives in the Republicans for the deadlock but the entire Congress is losing its prestige as the crisis threatens harm on an economy said to have pulled through a detrimental recession previously. President Obama has already called on the Congress to quickly pass a budget to allow the federal government to resume operation for the benefit of the people under the healthcare reform.
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