The first government shutdown in more than 17 years went into effect overnight after the House and Senate failed to reach a deal.

What does the government shutdown mean?

  •  All National Parks are closed, including the Statue of Liberty and Fort Stanwix in Rome
  •  Mail delivery will continue as usual
  • All 116 federal prisons will remain open
  • Federal courts will continue operating until about the middle of October
  • Social Security and Medicare benefits would continue, but there could be delays in processing new disability applications
  • Unemployment benefits are still going out.
  • The military's 1.4 million active duty personnel  stay on duty, but their paychecks could be delayed.
  • Other military personnel will be furloughed
  • Federal air traffic controllers and airport screeners will remain on the job