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Government Shutdown Begins

Julie Hawkins

Government Shutdown Begins

CREATED Oct. 1, 2013

Washington - As of 12:01 Tuesday morning, the nation has plunged into a partial government shutdown, forcing about 800,000 federal workers off the job.  

The Senate rejected the latest House proposal, prompting the House to approve another spending plan that would remove the Obamacare individual mandate.  The Senate rejected that too, which set the stage for a shutdown.

This is the first shutdown since the winter of 1995-96.   Today, national parks are closed; museums along the Washington Mall will not be open.  And the doors at the U.S. Capitol visitors' center are closed as well.

Agencies like NASA and the Environmental Protection Agency will all be closed.

People classified as essential government employees, like air traffic controllers, Border Patrol agents and most food inspectors, will continue to work.

Members of the military will still get paid under a law signed late last night by President Barack Obama, but paychecks for other federal workers will be withheld until there is a resolution in Washington.

Here are a few of the many effects you may feel from the shutdown.  If you need a federal loan to buy a house, you'll have to wait.  If you want a gun permit or a passport, that won't happen anytime soon either.

You will still get mail and social security checks will still be sent out.

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