Government Shutdown 2013


The first U.S. Government shutdown in 17 years began Oct. 1, and came to an end Oct. 16 when Congress passed a bill to restart the government and avert a default by increasing the debt ceiling. Follow coverage from Capital Public Radio and NPR.


Federal Government Shutdown Coverage

  • California's Members Of Congress React To Shutdown Deal

    Wednesday, October 16, 2013

    Most members of California's Congressional delegation are breathing a sigh of relief now that a deal has been struck that could reopen the federal government and extend the nation’s borrowing limit.

  • As It Happened: The Fight Over The Debt Ceiling, Shutdown

    Wednesday, October 16, 2013

    With hours left before the country topped its borrowing authority, Congress pushed through a bipartisan measure that makes no major changes to the new health care law, ended the partial government shutdown and averted a default.

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    Shutdown Puts Ag Pricing on Hold

    Wednesday, October 09, 2013

    California farmers and ranchers are having a tough time trying to price their crops and livestock, as the federal shutdown has closed a vital government link that helps manage supply and demand.

  • Boehner And Cruz, And Lew Too: Voices On The Shutdown

    Sunday, October 06, 2013

    With a government shutdown nearing its second week, there were no signs of a deal in Washington Sunday. But several leaders are speaking out about the impasse, even as they look ahead to the next battle: an Oct. 17 deadline to raise the debt ceiling.

  • House Passes Bill Allowing Back Pay For Furloughed Workers

    Saturday, October 05, 2013

    Federal workers who were furloughed by a government shutdown will receive back pay once they return to work, if a bill passed by the House of Representatives Saturday meets Senate approval. The White House has said it favors such a move.

Airshow Continues Despite Shutdown, Sequestration
Fri, Oct 04, 2013

Despite the federal government shutdown, the annual California Capital Airshow will go on as scheduled this weekend in Sacramento.

Federal Shutdown Hindering Civil Suits and Criminal Prosecutions
Thu, Oct 03, 2013

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Sacramento says the federal shutdown is making it tough to fulfill the duties assigned.

On Day 3 Of Shutdown, It's Deja Vu All Over Again
Thu, Oct 03, 2013

The partial shutdown continues. The two sides haven't publicly shifted their positions. So once again we turn to that sage of the baseball diamond, Yogi Berra, for the best line on the news that keeps repeating.

Shutdown A Teachable Moment At Some Schools
Thu, Oct 03, 2013

Some Sacramento area teachers are using the federal government shutdown as a teachable moment.

Insurance Exchanges Roll Out Despite Government Shutdown
Wed, Oct 02, 2013

While Northern California Republicans are demanding a delay of the Affordable Care Act, the White House moved forward with its plan to open up health insurance exchanges today.

Shutdown Solution? There's None To Be Seen Just Yet
Wed, Oct 02, 2013

The impasse continues, with no negotiations scheduled. Meanwhile, parts of the federal government remain closed. Latest development: The White House says President Obama has canceled some of the stops on a trip to Asia he's set to start on Saturday.

U.S. Government Shutdown In Photos
Wed, Oct 02, 2013

A look at how the U.S. government shutdown through the lens of photographers across the country - part of NPR's special coverage of the shutdown.

Prolonged Federal Shutdown Could Hamper California Unemployment Benefits (1)
Tue, Oct 01, 2013

California’s Employment Development Department could be facing new problems if the federal shutdown drags on. The EDD only recently overcame sequestration cuts, computer problems and staff furloughs.

Federal Shutdown Shuts Down National Forest and Fall Festival
Tue, Oct 01, 2013

The federal government shut down is affecting some operations within National Forests. The offices at Plumas National Forest are closed and an annual festival has been cancelled.

No End In Sight As Government Shutdown Begins
Tue, Oct 01, 2013

With lawmakers in Washington at loggerheads over the same issues they've been arguing about for more than five years, about 800,000 federal workers are being told to stay home. Essential services will continue.

Shutdown Begins After Congress Fails In Spending Compromise
Mon, Sep 30, 2013

House Republicans and Senate Democrats could not reach agreement by the midnight deadline on a spending bill to keep the government operating, triggering an immediate shutdown of nonessential services and the furlough of nonessential personnel.

Gov't Shutdown Could Harm California's Recovering Economy
Mon, Sep 30, 2013

California programs and services wouldn’t take a big hit from a federal government shutdown, at least not at first. But state budget watchers still say California has a lot to lose from the standoff in Washington.

U.S. Army Corps Will Furlough Some If Government Shuts Down
Mon, Sep 30, 2013

A lack of a federal spending bill could cause some federal employee furloughs and campground closures in California.

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NPR Shutdown Coverage

Senate May Need Every Minute To Meet Government Funding Deadline
The House appears to have reached a trillion-dollar deal to keep the government running, but leaves the Senate just hours to speed the bill through — and some senators may prefer to take their time.
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Congress Quietly Extends The Budget — Past Election Day, Anyway
Since the GOP retook the House, the chamber once brought the country to the brink of a debt default and once shut down the government. But in election years, including this one, there's no such drama.
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The Meaning Behind The Panda-monium On NPR
NPR ran five stores on the giant pandas in Washington's National Zoo during its coverage of last month's government shutdown. It then ran a sixth story on them last week. What gives? Does anyone in the rest of the country really care about the capital's pandas? An NPR editor responds.

A Fair And Balanced Look At Mara Liasson
NPR's national political correspondent Mara Liasson is also a contributor to Fox News. Some listeners complain that she has a conservative bias. A review of her work finds otherwise.

Consumer Confidence Fell Sharply This Month; Shutdown Blamed
The 16-day partial closing of the federal government and the wrangling in Washington combined to make many Americans nervous, the private Conference Board says. On the plus side, home prices continue to rise across the nation.

Government Shutdown Makes Its Debut In Campaign Ads
The federal government shutdown ended just a week ago, but it's already surfacing in ads for candidates in both parties. It's a preview of how candidates plan to frame the latest budget crisis in the 2014 election season.

With Shutdown Over, The Race To Feed Low-Income Seniors Is On
An assistance program for low-income seniors has its funding back. During the shutdown, food sat untouched in warehouses across the country. Some seniors wondered how they would get their next meal. Now, volunteers are scrambling to get the food to those who need it.
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How The GOP's Shutdown Over Obamacare Fell Short
A tax on medical devices stays in place, as does financial help for health coverage for staffers in Congress and the executive branch. One putative win doesn't amount to much. Legal language that would require the government to certify it's verifying the income of people getting subsidies is largely redundant.

10 Takeaways From The Fiscal Fight
What we learned: Obama wasn't bluffing, the House GOP is ungovernable and Republicans blew a golden opportunity to direct attention to the botched rollout of the Affordable Care Act.

Good Cop, Bad Cop Routine Gets A Result For Obama And Reid
The two Democrats played the routine where one officer offers the suspect a cup of coffee and the other smacks it from the suspect's lips. Reid, of course, is the smacker.

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