Stalemate Leads To Another Government Shut Down

The federal government is officially shut down. It happened around 9:00 p.m. Monday night after Democrats and Republicans failed to agree on a last-minute deal.After a flurry of activity and back and forth votes, the House and Senate reached a stalemate and the clock struck midnight.What seemed inevitable is now a reality and for the first time since 1995, the federal government is shutdown.The Republican-controlled House passed budgets that included de funding or delaying Obamacare, which began Tuesday.The Democratic-controlled Senate struck down each proposal, refusing to tie the budget to the new health care law.How the shutdown may affect you:-You might have a tougher time renewing your passport-National parks and museum may close-Some veterans' services may be disruptedWhat won't be impacted:-Social Security checks will still arrive on time-The U.S. Postal Service will remain open-Federal law enforcement agencies will keep operating