WASHINGTON, D.C. -- We are one week from a potential government shutdown.
With no budget agreement in sight, Action News explains how a shutdown could affect you.
Unless Democrats and Republicans reach a deal on a budget by Oct. 1, Washington will shut down.
Washington is moving closer to a government shutdown. That doesn't mean it's completely closed for business. Social Security payments would still be made and you'd still get your mail. But much of the government would slow down.
New Social Security claims could be delayed. Veterans might have to wait longer for their benefits and a third of federal employees would be forced to stay home - not work - not get paid. National parks would also close.
"I think it's really a failure of lawmakers to meet the very minimum of their jobs," said Igor Volski of the Center For American Progress.
If there's no deal, national parks, museums, zoos will all close. Small business loans and student loans would be at a standstill.
The parts of the government that protect our national security and safety would remain open. Border patrol officers would still be on duty and troops would remain at their posts. Any other offices would be closed until Congress can figure out how to make a deal.
The Senate is prepared to take up the budget issue this week. On Friday, the house passed a bill that would fund federal agencies past Oct. 1 It would also defund the president's healthcare law, a move not supported by the senate. The White House is also threatening to veto if it ever made it that far.