Congress misses midnight deadline for blocking partial government shutdown, 1st in 17 years.

WASHINGTON (AP) – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says later this morning the Senate once again will reject a House Republican attempt to tie an emergency government spending bill to making changes in the health care law.

Debate on Capitol Hill went well past midnight – the deadline to reach a spending agreement or the government would partially shut down.


UPDATE: Only critical govt services remain open

People classified as essential government employees will continue to work as the federal government experiences a partial shutdown.

That covers air traffic controllers, Border Patrol agents and most food inspectors.

Government workers such as those at national parks and museums are being told to stay home.

The self-funded Postal Service will continue to operate and the government will continue to pay Social Security benefits and Medicare and Medicaid fees to doctors on time.

President Barack Obama is telling the U.S. military he’ll push Congress to re-open the government as soon as possible.

Obama delivered a three-minute video message to American troops in response to Congress’ failure to agree on an emergency spending bill.

The troops will stay on duty, but hundreds of thousands of government workers will be off the job Tuesday.

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