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What services would a government shutdown affect?

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: What services would a government shutdown affect?
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UNITED STATES -- We haven't seen a shutdown since 1995, so there's not a lot of recent information to go from. Based on what happened in 1995, here's how you could be affected.

Hundreds of thousands of federal workers would be sent home, without pay. Many, if not most, federal offices and programs would be closed, shut down for business.

Back in the 1990s during the last shutdown, 200,000 passport applications went unprocessed, but critical functions of the government and critical services would stay open Tuesday.

So air traffic control and airports, including Albany International, Hancock International and the Greater Rochester Airport , would stay open.

The postal service would continue to deliver mail and the government would still pay out Medicare, Medicaid and social security payments.

However, the government workers who process those payments would be affected, so it could take longer for those checks to make it into the mail. And those federal workers who would be sent home without pay? They could only get their pay back through an act of Congress.

The 1.4 million active duty military personnel would stay on duty and get a paycheck. And you may be wondering about the president, Congress and anyone else working during the shutdown. Well they will be getting paid as they work to sort this all out. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP