For the first time in 17 years, the United States Congress failed to agree on a new budget and refused to extend the current one. The result? A shut down.
House Republicans wanted to de-fund key parts of the Affordable Care Act as a condition to keep the government running. Senate Democrats refused, causing scores of government agencies to temporarily close up shop, and hundreds of thousands of federal workers get some unplanned time off.
Earlier today, President Obama reiterated this message to Congress: "pass a budget, end the government shut down, pay your bills, prevent an economic shutdown. Don't wait, don't delay, don't put our economy or our people through this any longer."
Many Americans today are asking, what are lawmakers thinking, and where did they learn to behave like this?
David King, senior lecturer at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and chair of the Bi-Partisan Program for Newly Elected Members of the U.S. Congress.
This segment aired on October 1, 2013.