knows if the
will shut down this coming weekend, enough people in
believe it's enough of a possibility that parts of the
have to prepare for it. if the talks in
fail, if the parties split further apart, the only question that matters tonight is how will this affect life in america and life where you live. it's where we begin tonight as these talks go on in
, we go chicago. and nbc's
who has a look at what we all can expect. john, good evening.
good evening, brian. it's not just rain, snow, heat and the dark of night that won't stop the
won't stop it either. but if there's no deal by midnight friday, there are a lot of things that will go away. if the
shut down, would anyone notice.
nobody really knows what that means.
wants to do.
it's not just
. officials say an estimated 800,000 federal workers across the country could be idled out of a civilian workforce of about 2 million.
some millions of americans, if government stays shut down beyond a weekend, are going to discover just what they count on the
according to administration officials, home buyers wouldn't be able to get federal
guarantees, potentially threatening an already fragile
. clinics at the
national institutes of health
would stop taking new patients and starting new clinical trials. applications for new and renewed passports and visas would halt. and
, museums and monuments, including the
, would close to visitors. the
internal revenue service
would stop processing paper
, but you'd still have to pay on time if you want to avoid a penalty even if the shutdown lasts into next week. paper
checks would stop, but so would audits. federal workers who protect lives and property would stay on the job. so the military would remain on duty around the world and their bases open, though their pay would be delayed.
air traffic controllers
guards would stay on the job. v.a. hospitals would stay open and, unless the shutdown stretched from weeks to months,
, medicare and medicaid benefits would continue. this whole fight is over cutting federal spending. so would a federal shutdown save money? not necessarily. the last time this happened the government shut down for 26 days at the end of
into the beginning of
and it cost taxpayers $1.4 billion. brian?
i remember those days well.
starting us off in
. john, thanks.