How the Government Shutdown Affects YOU

With just hours left for lawmakers to agree, millions of Americans wonder how the shutdown will hit home. Here's what you need to know

Approximately 800,000 federal government employees would be furloughed without pay. They could receive retroactive pay once government operations resume, but there is no guarantee. Their benefits, however, would not be interrupted. The US Postal Service, the military, Congress, Veterans Administration hospitals, air traffic controllers and federal law enforcement agencies would remain open. Paychecks for active service troops could be delayed, presenting a hardship for their families. Veterans’ health and welfare services also could be affected.

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