Washington (AFP) – A government shutdown is looming. Congress is struggling to pass a stopgap budget measure that would keep the doors open beyond the fiscal year, which ends at midnight September 30.
But with congressional bickering in full swing, and the deadline less than four days away, there is increasing anxiety about who and what will be affected.
During the previous two shutdowns, for six days in November 1995 and 21 days from December that year into early 1996, some 800,000 federal employees were ordered to stay home, according to a congressional report.
Here is a snapshot of what is likely to occur in the event Congress can not agree on a federal spending bill by October 1.
AFP/ Mark Wilson