The US budget crisis has forced the country's government to shut down partially for the first time in 17 years, causing crisis in Washington and creating political paralysis.
National monuments were barricaded and hundreds of thousands of federal workers were sent home without pay. Triggered by the failed congressional budget debate, many social services have also come to a halt, affecting citizens who are dependent on social and medical assistance provided by the government.
Public institutions and monuments such as the world-famous Statue of Liberty in New York are all closed, and even the Twitter account of the US Capitol has temporarily ceased operation.
Nonetheless, important government agencies such as Homeland Security and Border Patrol are still fully operational, and cases will continue to be heard in the federal courts.
Many supporters of US President Barack Obama blamed the 'Tea Party' conservatives in the Republican Party for the deadlock, but the whole of Congress is losing public credibility as the crisis threatens to harm the US's fragile economic recovery. President Obama has already called on Congress to quickly pass a budget to allow the federal government to resume operation, and to not hold the country to ransom.
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