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From the CNN Political Unit
All national parks and monuments would close during a government shutdown.
All national parks and monuments would close during a government shutdown.
  • Leaders have until midnight Friday to pass a 2011 budget; otherwise, a shutdown occurs
  • Stopped or closed: military members' pay, national parks, new passport applications
  • Open: FAA, law enforcement, NASA, food stamps

Washington (CNN) -- With the federal government on the verge of a shutdown, many government services and agencies would be closed, suspended or otherwise affected.

From IRS refunds to military paychecks, many Americans would see functions they rely on come to a halt until congressional leaders and the president reach an agreement on the 2011 budget.

Jeff Zients, deputy director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, said many agencies or services that rely on normal government funds to operate are among the government functions that could be affected. However, agencies funded by advanced appropriations, mandatory funds and user fees probably would continue to function.

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Here is a summary of how some services could be affected:


No new Federal Housing Administration loans

No new approvals of Small Business Administration loans

National parks, museums and all national forests will be closed

No new patients, clinical trials at the National Institutes of Health

No IRS processing of paper tax returns or refunds; other customer services halted

Passports and visas will not be processed except in emergency circumstances

Military personnel will not receive paychecks

Personnel who normally answer Social Security and Medicare questions will not be at work

Most government websites will shut down or have limited functionality

Across government, anything that requires permits probably will not be processed


FAA, air traffic control

Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster relief services

Social Security checks

National Weather Service weather monitoring

U.S. Postal Service continues mail pick-up and delivery

Customs and Border Protection services continue

NASA satellite monitoring continues

Food stamps continue

Federal student aid continues

FBI, Federal Marshals, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, federal prisons continue to operate

For a complete, interactive list of the affected areas, click here

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