WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — For the first time in nearly two decades, the federal government is partially shutdown after Republican and Democratic lawmakers bitterly battled over the nation’s health care law, unable break an impasse by the midnight Monday deadline to continue funding operations.

Federal workers still reported to work for a half-day Tuesday in spite of the government shutting down.

Once brief shutdown-related business was complete and furlough instructions were issued, the furloughed employees were sent home. It is unclear when they will return.

How many times has the federal government shutdown? This is the 17th occurrence since 1976.

The longest shutdown lasted 21 days from mid-December 1995 to early January 1996. It was also the most recent shutdown.

How long do you believe federal funding will be stalled this go around? Vote above in our poll below.

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  1. Brittius says:

    Reblogged this on Brittius.com and commented:
    It will be a temporary shutdown. To have any substantial impact, it would require closure until early December, and that will never happen. Have no fear, the Republicans will sell the People out, as it is all theatrics.

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