What would happen if the US government shuts down?
(REUTERS) - A partial shutdown of the US government will begin at midnight on Monday if Republicans and Democrats fail to agree on a funding bill.
In a government shutdown, spending for essential functions related to national security or public safety would continue along with benefit programmes such as Medicare health insurance and Social Security retirement benefits for seniors.
But civilian federal employees - from people who process forms and handle regulatory matters to workers at national parks and museums - would be furloughed.
The last government shutdown ran from Dec 16, 1995, to Jan 6, 1996, putting about 800,000 federal workers on furlough.