UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News) All of Wisconsin's federal lawmakers stood with their parties, as they voted their way to the government's first shutdown in 17 years.
The final roll call wrapped up at 12:10 this morning, with a request for negotiations to be considered later today. The Republican-controlled House voted 228-to-199 to keep funding the government on this first day of the new fiscal year -- but only if key parts of President Obama's Affordable Care Act are delayed. The House took a similar vote earlier in the evening, which the Senate later rejected 54-46.
Wisconsin's votes went 5-to-3 with the Republicans, while the state's two senators split their votes.
The Democrat Obama blamed House Republicans for the shutdown, saying they're trying to tie government funding to "ideological demands" to save face with the G-O-P's extreme right wing. House Speaker John Boehner replied that nobody wants a shutdown, but he said Obama-care is having a quote, "devastating impact" and something had to be done.
Economists generally do not expect significant harm to the economy unless the shutdown lasts more than a few days.
Federal workers at national parks, veterans' centers, and the space agency are among the first to be let go. Vital operations like the air traffic control and the military will keep going -- although about 850 Wisconsin National Guard technicians will be affected. You'll still get your mail. Federal entitlement benefits will keep going -- including Obama-care, for which more than a half-million Wisconsinites can start enrolling today.