Congressional gridlock prompts partial government shutdown

The federal government began closing some of its operations after Congress, deeply divided over the health care law backed by President Barack Obama, failed to pass a measure to allow federal agencies to continue spending money. Prior to midnight Monday, the House passed a proposal, the latest of many, to temporarily fund the government in a bill that also would delay enforcement of the "individual mandate" of the Affordable Care Act. The Senate promptly rejected the measure.

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