U.S. Government Begins Shutdown
The U.S. government has enacted a partial shutdown for the first time in 17 years, as the two branches of Congress failed by the October 1st deadline to agree on a single spending bill.
Three times on Monday, the Republican-led House of Representatives approved a spending bill that would delay President Barack Obama's signature health care law. In all three cases, the Democratic-controlled Senate rejected it minutes later.
Shortly before midnight, White House Budget Director Sylvia Burwell issued a directive to federal agencies to "execute plans for an orderly shutdown." The move means the furlough of an estimated 800,000 federal workers. Agencies affected will include national parks, traffic safety agencies, and the Defense Department -- mainly the furlough of its civilian employees. Homeland Security agents and border security offices will remain open, as well as other law enforcement agencies.
In a statement early Tuesday, U.S. President Barack Obama said members of the U.S. military will remain on duty and ongoing military operations like those in Afghanistan will continue. He said he plans to sign into law a bill that will ensure members of the military are paid on time. Mr. Obama also pledged to work to get Congress to reopen the government.
Netanyahu to Stress Iran Nuclear Concerns in UN Speech
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to press his concerns about Iran's nuclear program in his Tuesday address to the United Nations General Assembly.
Mr. Netanyahu said Monday, in a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama, that Iran should face tougher sanctions if it continues to advance its nuclear work while negotiating with the West.
The Israeli leader also stressed that Iran must give up any military aspect of its nuclear program -- which Iran has denied it is pursuing.
Mr. Obama said Iran must prove its sincerity through actions before getting any relief from the sanctions imposed after it defied orders to stop enriching uranium. He said world powers will negotiate with Iran in a "clear-eyed" manner and will consult Israel closely.