A number of essential websites have shut down after the US government shut down. The Department of Agriculture, the “E-verify” Employment Eligibility program, and also the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General are some of the websites that have been off-line from yesterday. These federal services’ websites have shut down as 800,000 federal government workers were sent home on unpaid leave this Tuesday after Republicans and Democrats in the US congress failed to reach an agreement on a spending bill.
The US administration’s partial shutdown has impacted numerous websites, some of which are now hardly functioning at all. A message on the U.S. Department of Defense’s welcome page for example explains that updates will be limited due to the federal “shutdown”.
The budgetary deadlock has rendered unavailable several popular online services in the US. NASA’s online television channel for example, and also the webcam live streaming from the giant panda’s enclosure at Washington’s National Zoological Park.
The healthcare system’s website remains intact however; Obamacare has just come into effect, and is the main source of disagreement between Republicans and Democrats in Congress. Americans can visit the site to compare the different healthcare packages and select the one best adapted to their needs.