Budget Battle Leads To U.S. Government Shutdown
KREX News Room
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A bitter budget battle has led to a U.S. government shutdown leaving hundreds of thousands of federal workers without paychecks and shutting down federal services all over the country.
Considering lawmakers didn't meet the midnight deadline to avert a shutdown, Americans' have lost their ability to receive government services ranging from federally-backed home loans to supplemental food assistance for children and pregnant women.
According to KCNC, KREX's Denver CBS affiliate, the federal government is Colorado’s largest employer with about 40,000 people on the payroll.
Governor Hickenlooper is not happy about this. On Monday when he spoke about federal lawmakers and used the words “cruel” and “knuckleheads."
Congressman Cory Gardner, a representative Colorado’s 4th Congressional District, released a statement about the shutdown:
"It is time for the president to lead and get off the sidelines. Americans from across the country – including many of my constituents – are understandably upset about our current state of affairs."
Although parts of the federal government has shutdown, the military will continue to be paid.
President Obama has signed a bill into law which provides money to pay the military during the shutdown period.
The bill moved quickly through congress and it passed the house on Saturday and was approved in the senate Monday.
The military is considered "essential" and is required to work through stoppages of government.
However, in previous shutdowns pay for service members was withheld until the shutdown was worked out.