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


Planning a trip abroad? You’re out of luck if you don’t already have a passport or visa, or if you haven’t already paid the additional fee to have it expedited. Applications for government benefits and services would be postponed. That includes Social Security cards and claims, Medicare, SBA-backed loans and Federal Housing Administration-guaranteed loans.

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