September 2013 Current Events: U.S. News
Here are the key events in United States news for the month of September 2013.
Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams Win the U.S. Open (Sept. 8-9): Rafael Nadal beats Novak Djokovic in four sets (6–2, 3–6, 6–4, 6–1) to win his second U.S. Open Men's Singles Championship. Serena Williams is tested in a tough three set match (7–5, 6–7, 6–1) against Victoria Azarenka for the U.S. Open Women's Championship. It is Serena's fifth U.S. open win and her seventeenth major singles title.
Colorado Recalls Pro-Gun Control State Senators (Sept. 10): Voters in Colorado throw out of office Democrats John Morse and Angela Giron for their support of recently enacted gun-control laws that mandate background checks on private gun sales and limit magazine clips to 15 rounds. The election draws national attention not only for the ouster of the officials but also for the influx of money on both sides, from the National Rifle Association and New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, a gun-control advocate.
Gunman and 12 Victims Killed in D.C. Navy Yard Shooting (Sept. 16): Former Navy reservist Aaron Alexis, 34, kills 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard, near the U.S. Capitol. Alexis, who had been employed at the base by a military subcontractor, is killed in a shootout with police.
Government Heads Toward a Shutdown (Sept. 30): The Senate rejects a Republican bill that will fund the government but delay the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. The rejection increases the chance of a government shutdown at midnight because the spending bill must pass to fund the government. With just hours left before the deadline, the Senate votes against the spending bill, which the House approved over the weekend. The bill will delay the Affordable Care Act for a year and eliminate a tax on medical devices that would cover some costs of the new health care program. The Senate's rejection sends the bill back to the House. However, Republicans in the House show no signs of backing down on the bill. Speaker John Boehner says on the House floor, "The House has done its work. We passed a bill on Saturday night — sent it to the United States Senate — that would delay Obamacare for one year, and would eliminate permanently the medical device tax that is costing us tens of thousands of jobs that are being shipped overseas." Boehner also says that the health care law "is not ready for prime time." The impact of a possible U.S. government shutdown is already being felt by the world's financial markets as stocks fall around the globe.