Government Shutdown Imminent; Internet Reacts to Looming Threat

Thursday, 19 Sep 2013 06:50 PM

By Ken Mandel

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Another government shutdown threat is looming in Washington.

This time, the deadline has been set at Oct. 1, as congress and President Barack Obama hash out how to decide the proper use of government funds before they run out at the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30. As part of the standard song-and-dance, federal agencies are alerting employees and readying contingency plans.

"We've seen the movie before," Sen. John McCain recently told CNN's "New Day."

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This time, the potential shutdown is blamed on Republican requests in exchange for government funding, while Democrats refuse.

"At a time when the economy is just beginning to grow, where we're just starting to see a pickup in employment, the last thing we need is a disruption that's caused by a government shutdown," Obama said, according to CNN.

The looming threat had users talking on Twitter, as many posters reacted with cyncism and some wondered what it all means.

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