Posted: Sep 30, 2013 3:25 AM by Catie Laylin, KOMU 8 Reporter
Updated: Sep 30, 2013 7:39 AM
COLUMBIA - A federal government shut down looms, as Congress has until October 1 to come to an agreement about the government spending bill. Otherwise several programs and agencies could shut down.
Some of the problems to expect if a shutdown happens include:
That last shut down happened in 1995 and lasted 21 days. Hundreds of thousands of non-essential government workers were forced to take a leave of absence but were eventually paid for the days they missed.
The National Weather Service all cut down on its regular reports, and 600 toxic waste dump sites were abandoned and uncleaned.
According to the Congressional Research Service, the shutdown cost the the country $1.4 billion.