WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 25: U.S. Capitol Police stand watch on the East Front at sunrise on October 25, 2023 in Washington, DC. House Republicans voted Tuesday night to name Rep. Michael Johnson (R-LA) to be their new candidate for Speaker of the House, replacing former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who was ousted on October 4 in a move led by a small group of conservative members of his own party. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Time is running out for Congress to pass a federal spending bill for fiscal year 2024. If lawmakers don’t act by the end of Friday, November 17, many federal government operations will grind to a halt. However, essential services and certain payments, including Social Security benefits, would continue.

A shutdown could disrupt the lives of many Americans, particularly federal employees, who would not be paid.

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