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A breakdown of what would be shutdown
Beyond the workers who face furloughs, experts say a government shutdown will have a far-reaching impact.
So, what does this potential partial shutdown of the government mean for you?
You might barely feel it or you might feel it big time, even if you're not a federal employee.
Here's a look at what will still be open and running and what won't.
You'll still get your mail, unemployment payments, medicare benefits and social security checks,.
But when it comes to social security checks - they might be late.
Because more than 780,000 employees are looking at furloughs.
So there may not be enough people to process those checks.
If you need a replacement social security card - that's a no.
And you'll see delays in processing passports and gun permits.
The cutbacks could delay first-time home buyers looking for government-backed loans, slower lines at the airport and limit food safety inspections.
Active-duty troops will still keep you safe, but they could see delays in pay and benefits.
National parks and monuments like Fort Pickens, the Smithsonian and the Statue of Liberty - would close.
Now the last time we saw a government shutdown was 17 years ago and it lasted for 21 days.
If we go that long this time around, that pushes us past October 17th.
That's important because that's when the Treasury Department says the country will hit the debt ceiling, which is like you maxing out your credit cards.
Economists say, if that happens, it could drag us back into a recession.
We will continue to monitor the situation in Washington and bring you updates through out the evening in our newscasts.
And you can also get up to the minute updates online at weartv.com