The clock you hear is the countdown to the first government shutdown in 17 years. As congressional leaders argue back and forth over amendments added to a deal to keep the government running, it will impact your day-to-day life.
The government shutdowns in 1995 and 1996 cost $1.4 billion. If the one that's forecasted to start at 11:01 CT goes into effect, it could cost billions more.
1. The Oklahoma City MemorialIf you're wanting to go pay respects to the 168 people killed in April, 1995, the Memorial is still open. According to the Memorial, operations will continue as normal because the Memorial does not receive any annual federal funding.
2. PassportsAre you leaving the country soon but still don't have a passport? You can still get one but you need to hurry. The State Department has some funds set aside but they won't last forever.
3. Travel SecurityDomestic travel plans won't be impacted. According to the Transportation Security Administration, security personnel and air-traffic controllers are determined to be necessary employees and won't be furloughed.
4. Tinker Air Force BaseMilitary personnel would remain on regular duty status but some civilian personnel will be furloughed. In the event of a shutdown, employees are still required to arrive at work Tuesday morning at their usual time. There, they'll be given instructions based on their position with Tinker AFB.
5. Guns and ammunition
6. LoansIf you've got a small business and need a federal loan, you'll be waiting. If you're on the verge of buying a home and need a federal loan, you'll be waiting, too.
7. Social SecurityIf you collect social security, you may not have to worry. Payments were sent during the previous shutdown in the 1990s and President Obama is expected to keep workers on the payroll to process checks.
8. DHSMark K. Beutler, M.Ed. - OKDHS Office of Communications, said programs like food stamps and foster programs operate with reimbursements. As of now, there is not expected to be an effect but they'll be watching the shutdown closely.The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, known as WIC, could shut down. The program provides supplemental food, health care referrals and nutrition education for pregnant women, mothers and their children.
School lunches and breakfasts would continue to be served, and food stamps, known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, would continue to be distributed. But several smaller feeding programs would not have the money to operate.
9. Federal Courts
10. MailDeliveries would continue as usual because the U.S. Postal Service receives no tax dollars for day-to-day operations. It relies on income from stamps and other postal fees to keep running.
11. RecreationAll national parks would be closed, as would the Smithsonian museums, including the National Zoo in Washington. Visitors using overnight campgrounds or other park facilities would be given 48 hours to make alternate arrangements and leave the park. Among the visitor centers that would be closed: the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island in New York, Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Alcatraz Island near San Francisco and the Washington Monument.
12. HealthNew patients would not be accepted into clinical research at the National Institutes of Health, but current patients would continue to receive care. Medical research at the NIH would be disrupted and some studies would be delayed. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would be severely limited in spotting or investigating disease outbreaks, from flu to that mysterious MERS virus from the Middle East.
13. Food SafetyThe Food and Drug Administration would handle high-risk recalls suspend most routine safety inspections. Federal meat inspections would be expected to proceed as usual.
14. Head Start
19. Homeland Security
21. PrisonsAll 116 federal prisons would remain open, and criminal litigation would proceed.
22. Veterans ServicesMost services offered through the Department of Veterans Affairs will continue because lawmakers approve money one year in advance for the VA's health programs. Veterans would still be able to visit hospitals for inpatient care, get mental health counseling at vet centers or get prescriptions filled at VA health clinics. Operators would still staff the crisis hotline and claims workers would still process payments to cover disability and pension benefits. But those veterans appealing the denial of disability benefits to the Board of Veterans Appeals will have to wait longer for a decision because the board would not issue any decisions during a shutdown.
23. Work safetyFederal occupational safety and health inspectors would stop workplace inspections except in cases of imminent danger.