The Washington public transit system was awfully quiet this morning, which could only mean one thing—the government had shutdown. It was a pleasant commute for those who still had to show up at the office, but a bad sign for the government as a whole. Congress’ last-ditch effort to pass something acceptable to both chambers was fruitless. Last night, the House passed a continuing resolution delaying Obamacare’s individual mandate for a year and eliminating subsidized healthcare for Members and staff. The Senate rejected the anti-Obamacare proposals. In response, after midnight, when the new fiscal year started with a government shutdown, the House requested a conference committee to hash out their differences. The Senate rejected their request in the morning.
The next order of business is the Republican proposal to fund bits and pieces of government programs, like nation parks and those benefiting veterans. The Senate Democrats have rejected this course.
And even though the national parks, including the memorial in DC, it hasn’t stopped members of the Greatest Generation from busting through the barriers keeping them from the monument in their honor.
This is the first shutdown in 17 years, but it should not be a surprise. The budget process has been so poorly executed over the past few years that it is amazing that we have not had one sooner. But it’s not just the budget process that has been beaten up—legislating in general has become more difficult. In honor of the shutdown, National Journal is asking, “Who broke Washington?”