Which services would a US 'shutdown' affect?

A so-called shutdown of the US government would have an impact on the lives of millions of Americans.

  • Some 800,000 government workers could be told to stay home and go without pay
  • Many national parks, monuments and zoos would close
  • Visa and passport services could be affected (but not overseas services)
  • Government-backed insurance for home loans would not move forward
  • Vital services like air traffic control, the military, prisons, border security, postal services and medical care will not be affected

Source: CBC News

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