10/1/2013 7:42 AM
by Nadine Grimley
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The United States Government shut down over a bitter budget fight and left hundreds of thousands of federal workers without paychecks and closed federal services across the country.
The midnight deadline to avoid the closure passed amid congressional bickering. This can impact Americans' ability to get government services like federally-backed home loans and supplemental food assistance for children and pregnant women.
For folks who are civilian employees of the government, it means no paychecks as they're forced into unpaid furloughs. For those still working, it means a delay in receiving their paychecks. Some workers are allowed to work for a few hours today to change voicemail messages or fill out time cards, but after that they're under strict orders to stop working.