The Government Shutdown is Really Happening

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It's October 1st, which means the government shutdown has indeed happened. 800,000 federal employees face furloughs, National Parks, and passport offices are closed and some states may discontinue WIC benefits to low-income mothers and their small children. It's the first time since 1995 that the federal government has come to a halt like this.

And all because Congress can't agree on a budget.

The funny thing is, a few days ago, Republicans were willing to approve a budget-- so long as Democrats were okay with delaying the start of the new Obamacare health insurance exchanges for a year.

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The shutdown means that "non-essential employees" will be furloughed immediately. Here are some examples of ways we'll be impacted:

Closed or Major Cutbacks

  • NASA
  • National parks, museums and monuments (including the Panda Cam at the National Zoo)
  • National Institutes of Health
  • Bureau of Labor
  • Most White House employees
  • Unaffected by Shutdown

  • Department of Defense
  • Social Security
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Department of Agriculture
  • U.S. Postal Service (which is not funded by the federal government)
  • Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare") state health insurance exchanges
  • The Washington Post and USA Today have detailed lists of what services are impacted by the federal shutdown.

    President Obama is expected to speak at 12:25 a.m. EST.

    How will the federal government shutdown affect you and your family? What do you think of this stalemate in Congress? Tell us in the comments.

    News and Politics Editor Grace Hwang Lynch blogs about raising an Asian mixed-race family at HapaMama.

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