What happens now the US government has shut down?

Congress failed to pass a spending bill by Friday at midnight, triggering a shutdown of the federal government.

The move has big repercussions for America. US troops will continue their duties, and post will get delivered, but almost half of the two million civilian federal workers would be barred from doing their jobs.

Here’s a look at what it means to shut down the government.

Intelligence work will be scaled down

The workforce at the 17 US intelligence agencies will be pared down significantly.

An official said employees who are considered essential and have to work will do so with no expectation of a regular pay cheque.

While they can be ordered to stay on the job, federal workers can’t be…

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