The federal government is facing a potential shutdown on October 1, which could disrupt numerous services and have significant political consequences 

Social Security checks will still be issued during a government shutdown, but many federal services and paychecks for millions of employees will be affected 

Shutdowns occur when Congress fails to pass funding legislation, leading to the cessation of non-essential government operations and paychecks for federal workers 

Federal funding expires at the start of the federal fiscal year on October 1, triggering a potential shutdown if no funding plan is approved by Congress and the president 

The duration of a government shutdown is uncertain, but with a divided Congress, it could last for weeks, especially if Republicans push for spending cuts 

Over 2 million military personnel and 2 million civilian workers across the nation could face delayed paychecks during a shutdown 

Many federal workers are employed in departments like Defense, Veterans Affairs, and Homeland Security and interact directly with taxpayers 

A government shutdown could affect government services such as clinical trials, firearm permits, and passports, causing delays for applicants 

Industries closely tied to the federal government, like federal contractors and tourist services near national parks, could experience disruptions 

Financial markets may also be impacted by a government shutdown, with potential economic growth reductions and a loss of confidence in government functionality