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Alayna Treene Apr 27, 2017
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What a government shutdown means for you

Alex Brandon / AP

Congress has until tomorrow to pass a spending bill, or the government will run out of money and shut down. That means most federal services, other than those deemed "essential" — such as those working for the Department of Homeland Security or Department of Defense — will close temporarily.

Why it matters: Even if you aren't a government employee, a shutdown can still affect you personally, from how your tax dollars are spent to which tourists sites you can't visit.