The White House is reiterating that medical care and welfare payments will not be affected by the looming government 'shutdown'.
Obama: "If...Congress does not fulfill its responsibility to pass a budget today, much of the U.S. government will be forced to #shutdown."
Obama: "If you’re on Social Security, you will keep receiving your checks. If you’re on Medicare, your doctor will still see you." #Shutdown
The US shutdown is but a precursor to a much bigger problem - in a couple of weeks the government, shutdown or not, will run out of cash.
Landmarks across the US have closed as the Congress failed to reach a deal over the budget.