The government shutdown's impact rippled out across the country Tuesday after Congress missed a midnight deadline to pass a short-term spending bill. The Statue of Liberty closed, fountains on the National Mall trickled out, and hundreds of thousands of federal workers were put on furlough. Even the National Zoo's "panda-cam" went dark, NBC News reported. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, meanwhile, tabled a House overnight proposal for a bipartisan conference of lawmakers to address the crisis. The move came after the GOP-controlled House voted to delay a key portion of the Affordable Care Act in return for extending funding for a few weeks.
First Gov't Shutdown in 17 Years Ripples Across Country
WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 19: The U.S. Capitol on November 19, 2011 in Washington, DC. The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, or supercommittee, which faces a Wednesday deadline to reach a deficit reduction agreement, planned to meet over the weekend. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***