US Government Begins Shut down

– සිංහල

obama      For the first time in 17 years, the U.S. closes non-essential services, furloughing around 800,000 federal workers in a move that will cost the country billions.

The U.S. government has enacted a partial shut down after the two chambers of Congress failed to agree on a single spending bill by the October 1st deadline.

Three times on Monday, the Republican-led House of Representatives approved a spending bill that would delay President Barack Obama’s signature health care law, known as “Obamacare.” In all three cases, the Democratic-controlled Senate rejected it minutes later.

Shortly before midnight, White House Budget Director Sylvia Burwell issued a directive to federal agencies to “execute plans for an orderly shut down.” The move means the furlough of an estimated 800,000 federal workers. Agencies affected will include the National Park Service, traffic safety agencies, and the Department of Defense. The latter will be affected mainly by the furlough of its civilian employees. Homeland Security agents and border security offices will remain open, as will other law enforcement agencies.

In a statement made in the early hours of Tuesday, U.S. President Barack Obama said members of the U.S. military will remain on duty and ongoing military operations, such as those in Afghanistan, will continue. He said he plans to sign into law a bill that will ensure members of the military are paid on time.  Obama also pledged to continue working to get Congress to reopen the government.

The shut down will not affect the health care law, which has been the major focus of congressional bickering. Components scheduled to take effect on Tuesday will be enacted as scheduled.

Experts say a shut down of more than two weeks is likely to slow down an already sluggish economy through reduced cash flow from tourists and furloughed federal workers curtailing their personal spending.

Later on Tuesday, President Obama will speak about provisions of the health care program that are being activated. Many Americans who lack healthcare insurance will be able to sign up for subsidized policies on newly created insurance exchanges.

Earlier, the president said shutting down the government is the height of irresponsibility and throws a wrench into the gears of a recovering economy.

He accused House Republicans who want to defund his health care program of appealing to the right-wing Tea Party faction and re-fighting the 2012 presidential election.

The president said the entire country would feel the effects of a government shut down — not just federal employees who would not get paid, but citizens who rely on sometimes life-saving government services.

Obama stressed that his health care program is the law of the land — passed by Congress, approved by voters, and upheld by the Supreme Court. He said the law will be implemented Tuesday no matter what Congress does.

He rejected proposals to postpone Obamacare, saying it would lead to another fight just a few months from now.

Democrats say the health care law gives low-income families and people without health insurance the chance to buy a low-cost, federally subsidized policy to prevent financial ruin in case of serious illness.

Republicans say the program is confusing and not ready. They also say the law hurts the economy by imposing more taxes and by forcing small businesses to provide coverage for their employees. (VOA) 

ඔබාමාගේ සෞඛ්‍ය ආරක්ෂණ පනත මුල් කරගෙන ඇමෙරිකාව කඩාවැටේ……

ජනාධිපති බැරැක් ඔබාමාගේ සෞඛ්‍ය ආරක්ෂණ පනතට සහය දැක්වීම රිපබ්ලිකන්වරුන්ගේ බලය සහිත මහජන නියෝජිත මණ්ඩලය විසින් ප‍්‍රතික්ෂේප කිරීම නිසා ඇමරිකානු රජයේ මූල්‍ය කටයුතු තාක්ෂණික වශයෙන් මේවනවිට ඇණහිට ඇත. සෞඛ්‍ය ආරක්ෂණ පනත මුල් කරගෙන ඉදිරි වසරේ අයවැය අනුමත නොකිරීම මීට හේතුවයි. ඇමෙරිකානු ජනපතිවරයා විසින් ද ඉල්ලීමක් කර තිබුණද, ඇමෙරිකානු ජනපති බැරැක් ඔබාමාගේ සෞඛ්‍ය ආරක්ෂණ පනත මුල් කරගෙන ලබන වසරේ අයවැය සම්මත නොකිරීමට මහජන නියෝජිත මණ්ඩලය තීරණය කර තිබුණු අතර, ඒ සඳහා තිබුණු කාලවේලාව එරට මධ්‍යම රාත්‍රියෙන් අවසන් විය.

මේ හේතුවෙන් ඇමෙරිකානු රජය යටතේ පවතින ආයතන රැසක් ක්‍රමානුකූලව අක්‍රිය කිරීමට සිදුව ඇතැයි විදෙස් වාර්තා වල දැක්වේ. මෙවැන්නක් සිදුවන්නේ වසර 17කට පසුව බවද ඒජන්සි වාර්තා වල දැක්වේ. මේ නිසා, හත්ලක්ෂය ඉක්මවූ ඇමෙරිකානු රජයේ සේවකයන්ට වැටුප් ගෙවීම් සිදුකිරීමට නොහැකි වනු ඇති අතර, මෙම අර්බුදය අවසන් වූ පසුව ඔවුන්ට ගෙවීමක් සිදුවේද යන්න පිළිබඳව සහතිකයක් නොමැති බවද විදෙස් වාර්තා වල වැඩිදුරටත් දැක්වේ. මේ අතර, රිපබ්ලිකන් පක්ෂය පවසන්නේ ඔබාමාගේ සෞඛ්‍ය පනත කල් දමන්නේ නම් අයවැයට අනුමැතිය ලබාදිය හැකි බවයි.

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