As the budget debate rages on inside the Capitol and the White House, those outside the discussion wonder how their lives will be affected should compromise fail. From government employees to tourists, we take a look at those most likely to feel the slam of the federal government's doors should they awake to a shutdown this weekend.
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An official familiar with the government's planning told Foreign Policy magazine that all uniformed military personnel would continue to work but would stop receiving paychecks in the event of a shutdown. Soldiers could expect to get their pay back, and because April 8 falls in the middle of the Defense Department's two-week pay period, would probably receive a check for the normal amount anyway. However, civilians working for the Pentagon may be furloughed without pay until the shutdown ends.
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Though many of the possible consequences to a shutdown are in dispute, this one is nearly certain: National Parks, such as Yellowstone in Wyoming, would close.
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