What Will Happen If the Government Shuts Down?

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Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said late Wednesday that a deal has been reached to avert a government shutdown and fund the government through early December. A vote is expected in the Senate Thursday. If passed, the measure would move for a vote in the House of Representatives. 

Republicans and Democrats have remained deadlocked on both government spending and the debt ceiling bills. If an agreement is not reached, funding for most federal government agencies will expire on October 1.

At stake are three out of five of the government's 2.1 million federal civilian workforce. The shutdown, during the COVID-19 pandemic would also affect 62% of employees at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

National Parks and museums would also be closed and many clerical duties of the government such as applications for passports and firearms would also be affected.

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