For the first time since 1995, parts of the federal government shut down immediately after midnight as the result of Congress failing to agree on a spending bill.
Because of the shutdown, an estimated 800,000 of the 3.3 million federal workers who are considered nonessential for the operations of the government will be furloughed without pay and could possibly cause the economy about $1 billion a week.
No one knows exactly how long the shutdown will last. The previous shut down in 1995 lasted 21 days. Some furloughed workers have even been instructed not to check their emails or phones during a shutdown.
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