As of October 16th, the US Government is officially reopened. Here’s the rundown of what happened and why:
>According to CNN, the fiscal year ended on October 1st, and since Congress failed to pass a spending bill, all of the “non-essential” functions of the federal government (like the National Parks Service) stopped, because no one could pay the employees.
>House Republicans insisted that any spending bill include a provision to shut down Obamacare. Now, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act isn’t directly tied to funding the government, but it was used as a bargaining chip. A group of Republicans, led by Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, disliked the Affordable Care Act so much, they decided it was worth disrupting government funding to try to get rid of it.
>Senate Democrats kept killing the bills drafted by the House and continued to do so until the House Republicans stopped trying to derail Obamacare.
>They eventually came to a compromise on October 16th, mere hours before the US was set to hit the debt ceiling and default on its loans.
>A new CNN/ORC Poll says that 54% of Americans think that the Republicans controlling the House is a bad thing, and more than 60% of Americans believe House Speaker John Boehner should be replaced. This is the first time since 2010 that a majority of Americans believe the GOP’s control is a bad thing for the country.
For a laugh, check out Her Campus’ list of 20 things that cost less than the government shutdown.