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Government shutdown felt across the United States

Tuesday, October 01, 2013 - 01:58

Oct. 1 - From park closures to furloughed federal workers, the impact of the government shutdown is evident across the United States. Sarah Irwin reports.

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From park closures to furloughed federal workers - the impact of the government shutdown is evident - across the U.S.. In New York City, the Statue of Liberty was closed to visitors - where ticket holders were offered refunds - or a boat ride around Liberty Island. SOUNDBITE: GAELLE MASSE, TOURIST FROM PARIS, FRANCE, SAYING: "Well, we're coming from Paris in France. So we're really disappointed." In Washington, the shutdown closed museums, monuments and the National Zoo - and - in this city where the U.S. government is the number one employer - many shops and restaurants offered deals to federal workers forced to stay home without pay. SOUNDBITE: JOEL PATTON, FEDERAL EMPLOYEE, SAYING: "I've never had Sprinkles before and I heard all these good things about it so I wanted to give it a try. Why not do it because it's a freebie." For the first time in 17 years - the U.S. government shut down after members of Congress failed to compromise on a funding bill. As a result - up to one million U.S. employees - deemed as "non-essential" - are expected to go without pay ... all victims of the political stalemate SOUNDBITE: PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, SAYING: "Republicans in the House of Representatives refused to fund the government unless we defunded or dismantled the Affordable Care Act. They've shut down the government over an ideological crusade to deny affordable health insurance to millions of Americans." Tuesday morning, the Senate rejected the latest bill from the House aimed at putting a one-year delay on so-called "Obamacare." Speaker of the House John Boehner. SOUNDBITE: SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE JOHN BOEHNER, SAYING: "I am disappointed in the actions of the United States Senate this morning rejecting the bill passed by the house last night. The bill we passed last night would have funded the government through December 15th and provide fairness to the American people under Obamacare." But - as Congress continues to battle - the shutdown could not stop a group of war veterans - who walked through the barriers of the World War II monument - to carry on with their visit.

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Government shutdown felt across the United States

Tuesday, October 01, 2013 - 01:58

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