Hardline Republicans (probably backed by their relevant tea parties) have refused to pass a budget, as it was linked to Obama’s healthcare proposals. America has always had a stupid process that allows bills to cover varying issues, like a payrise for all of the house if they really want to get things through.
But I wouldn’t have though that politicians throwing their toys out of a pram could literally close a country, how wrong you can be? Another instance where politicians forget that they are representing the public – those who now will not get paid until everything is resolved.
As usual, not matter who is in power it is always the workers who get screwed first.