Congress shuts down the government after failing to pass a funding bill.
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The government is officially closed for business. Here are some fun (ahem, frustrating) facts about the shutdown:


  1. Nearly 1,000,000 federal employees will be furloughed starting October 1. Members of Congress, however, will still get paid. The average Congressional salary is $174,000.
  2. National parks, closed during the shutdown, will lose more than $30 million in revenue per day.
  3. 750,000 people each day will have to cancel their vacations to national parks.
  4. D.C. relies on funds from Congress to operate. Unless the mayor of D.C. gets his way, trash will go uncollected, city departments will close, and as many as 30,000 district employees could be temporarily out of work.
  5. The Affordable Care Act will not be affected. State-run health care exchanges will open as scheduled.
  6. If the shutdown continues into late October, more than 3.6 million veterans will not receive the pension checks they need to support themselves.
  7. Families will not be able to take out federal loans to buy homes or finance small businesses.
  8. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention will shut its doors just as flu season begins.
  9. No one can buy a gun. Federal gun permits are not processed during a shutdown.
  10. The shutdown will not save taxpayers any money. When the government shut down in 1995, it cost about $1.4 billion.