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Government Shutdown: How Will You Be Affected If a Deal Can't Be Reached?

Here are five ways that a government shutdown will affect the typical American.

By Charlie Connell | Sep 23, 2013 03:49 PM EDT

More than a week into the government shutdown no end appears in sight as Congress focuses on lifting the debt ceiling. (Photo : Flickr)

Over the next week expect to hear a lot of bickering and fighting as Republicans and Democrats try to find a way to compromise and pass a budget in order to avoid a government shutdown at midnight next Monday. "Government shutdown" sounds very ominous but how exactly will it affect your day to day life?

Here are five ways that a government shutdown will affect the typical American.

1. If you're a federal employee kick back and enjoy the time off.

Non-essential federal employees will be furloughed. This means that roughly 1/3 of the federal workforce will have a bit of a vacation. Don't worry, air traffic controllers and those who provide national security among others will continue to provide the vital services they do, they just won't be getting paid for doing so, at least not until the shutdown is over. Among the people not receiving pay are the president and Congress, according to Forbes.

2. Don't go to the park.

All of the 368 beautiful parks, museums and tourist attractions operated by the National Park Service will be shut down, according to CNN.

3. You're still going to have to pay taxes.

If the shutdown goes on for long enough the Internal Revenue Service could eventually have to furlough some of its workers. The furloughs won't cover the employees in charge of collecting tax revenue, according to Forbes.

4. D.C. is in serious danger of stinking.

One interesting perk about Washington D.C. is that unlike any other city in the United States D.C. is dependent on the federal government approving their budget. If the government is shutdown it will be impossible to approve a city budget; therefore no one to pay the trash collectors. Trash collectors rarely volunteer to haul away garbage and it could end up being a problem if the shutdown drags on, according to CNN.

5. Through rain, through snow, through government shutdowns. . .

The U.S. Postal Service does not rely on government funding and will therefore still be delivering mail. Social Security checks should be arriving in the mail with the same frequency they always do; the shutdown is not expected to hinder that either, according to CNN.

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