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Here's What Would Close During a Government Shutdown

FDA inspections would cease, there would be no one at the IRS to answer your tax questions, and getting a passport would take a while.

WASHINGTON -- Washington is on the brink of a partial government shutdown, with funding set to expire for several key federal agencies at midnight on Friday.

If a shutdown were to take place, it would be limited in scope. That's because lawmakers have already funded roughly 75-percent of the federal government through September 2019.

The parts of the government that have funding secured and would remain open include:

  • Department of Defense
  • Department of Labor
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Departmetn of Veterans Affairs
  • Legislative Branch

Mail delivery would continue uninterrupted. Programs such as Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, would not be affected.

The following departments and agencies will shut down if funding is not secured by the deadline:

  • Agriculture
  • Commerce, Justice and Science
  • Financial Services and General Government
  • Homeland Security
  • Interior and Environment
  • State and Foreign Operations
  • Transportation and Housing and Urban Development

The Food and Drug Administration, NASA, and the Smithsonian museums would also close. The National Park Service said its parks would remain open but without staff.

About 800,000 federal workers won't get paid during a shutdown, although more than half of them would be deemed "essential" and still expected to report to work.

More than 420,000 government workers would be expected to work without pay until the shutdown is over, including FBI agents, Customs and Border Protection Agents, and members of the Coast Guard.

More than 380,000 federal employees would be placed on furlough, meaning they would effectively be put on a leave of absence without pay. That would include most of the staff at NASA, the IRS, and the Department of Commerce.

Several pieces of legislation are also expected to expire at midnight, including the National Flood Insurance Program, the Violence Against Women Act, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.

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