What happens if government shuts down?
After not being able to agree on a budget last year, congress passed a continuing resolution to fund the government through March 4
Here's what would and wouldn't be affected if Congress cant come to an agreement by the deadline.
During the last government shutdown 15 years ago, many veterans services were cut back, from health and welfare to finance and travel.
National parks and museums would be shut down and lose revenue from patrons. In the last shutdown in 1995 and early 1996, the government closed 368 National Park Service sites, along with national museums and monuments.
Those seeking passport or other documents, would not be able to do so. During the last shutdown, 200,000 passport applications went unprocessed. In addition, the tourism industry and airlines reportedly suffered millions of dollars in losses.
During the last shutdown, the Social Security Administration kept enough staff in place to ensure benefits were paid out, but new claims weren't processed. As the shutdown wore on, the agency recalled workers to start processing new claims.
A shutdown will result in a furlough of hundreds of thousands of federal employees. While o furlough, federal employees wont receive a paycheck, and neither will government contractors. Federal employees will eventually receive back-pay, but contractors wont be so lucky.
Federal funds to states would be cut off, leaving states already in cash crunch to somehow fill the gap.
During the last shutdown, delays occurred in the processing of alcohol, tobaco, firearms and explosive applications by ATF. Federal agencies suspended work on more than 3,500 bankruptcy cases and canceled recruitment and testing of federal law enforcement officials.
President Obama has the discretion to keep certain government functions operating , especially when they are essential to keeping the nation safe, including the military, coast guard, foreign relations staff, border patrol and other national security officials.
The US Postal Service wouldn't be affected and mail would still be delivered.
Air Traffic Controllers would remain on the job.
There would be no change to federal prison staff.
Emergency and Disaster assistance personnel would also be at work.