Americans, including hundreds of thousands of federal employees, could soon feel the impact of a U.S. government shutdown. If lawmakers don't reach an agreement by the end of Thursday — the last day of the fiscal year — the federal government will officially close as of 12:01 a.m. on Friday.
Congress moved one step closer to a shutdown after Senate Republicans late Monday blocked a bill
to fund the government at current levels and suspend the debt ceiling. But on Thursday it appeared that a shutdown would be averted, with the Senate poised to approve a short-term government funding bill that keeps federal agencies open through early December and staves off a partial government shutdown.
Most Americans would notice the disruption in one way or another. Many national parks would likely shut down, while mortgage and other loan applications could be delayed because the IRS could stop verifying income and Social Security numbers, according to the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB), a nonprofit group that focuses on fiscal issues.