For the first time in 17 years, the U.S. government shut down at 12:01 a.m. ET Tuesday after the House and the Senate couldn't agree on a spending bill to fund the government.
The two sides bickered and blamed each other for more than a week over the Affordable Care Act, the president's signature health care law. House Republicans insisted the spending bill include anti-Obamacare amendments. Senate Democrats were just as insistent that it didn't.
With the shutdown underway, House members planned to have another vote overnight that would request a conference with the Senate to work out their differences.
But Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid already said he would not agree to such a meeting until the House presents a clean spending bill.
Hundreds of thousands furloughed
Federal employees who are considered essential will continue working. But those deemed non-essential -- close to 800,000 -- will be furloughed, unsure when they'll be able to work or get paid again.
Most furloughed federal workers were supposed to be out of their offices within four hours of the start of business Tuesday.
Sens. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., and Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wis., have told News3 they will not take any pay while the government is shut down.
A spokesperson for Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said Ryan donates any salary increase provided to members of Congress to charity and that he plans to do the same during the government shutdown and donate any pay received to charity.
Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., has not responded with his plans.
Some lawmakers have shut down their offices because of the stalemate.
Baldwin has a statement on her website indicating federal law and Senate rules require her to shut down her offices and website.
President Barack Obama issued a statement early Tuesday to military members and Department of Defense employees about the outcome of the shutdown.
"Those of you in uniform will remain on your normal duty status," the president said. "Congress has passed, and I am signing into law, legislation to make sure you get your paychecks on time. And we'll continue working to address any impact this shutdown has on you and your families."
"To all our DOD civilians -- I know the days ahead could mean more uncertainty, including possible furloughs," the president added. "And I know this comes on top of the furloughs that many of you already endured this summer. You and your families deserve better than the dysfunction we're seeing in Congress. ... That's why I'll keep working to get Congress to reopen our government and get you back to work as soon as possible."
Shutdown affect in Madison
The Forest Products Laboratory off of University Avenue is part of the United States Department of Agriculture and is closed with its workers on furlough.
The William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in Madison is not affected by the shutdown.
VA hospitals are midway through a two-year appropriation so the hospital and its outpatient clinics are not affected.