TODAY   |  September 30, 2013

What a government shutdown could look like

NBC’s Tom Costello reports on the repercussions of the looming government shutdown and the impact on court reserve funds, postal services, and national parks. According to researchers, the aftermath of the shutdown could force the military to pay its members in IOUs instead of paychecks.

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>> to reject the spending bill because it would delay part of the president's healthcare law. tom costello has more on the impact of the shutdown on government checks and the military.

>> the irony is that shutting the government down is not cheep cheap. it will cost taxpayers millions of dollars. some federal agencies will feel the impact more acutely than others. the military will continue to operate but instead of paychecks those in uniforms could get ious to collect pay at a later day. that could change if congress elects to pay the military, still, civilian employees could be furloughed. the fbi, dea, and federal courts will operate normally for a time but if the shutdown is longer than two weeks the courts would run out of reserve funds . since the post service is an independent agency , the mail will keep coming. most homeland security operations will continue but the fda would be unable to keep upmost of it's food safety oversight. hud would be shut down same with the department of interior which means the national parks would close and if you're coming to washington, the smithsonian museums and the zoo would be closed. the department of labor , energy, commerce and epa will shut down. some irs functions would cease but social security checks would still go out and veterans could see their benefits effected but medical services should continue.

>> one more irony is that obamacare, which is what all of this is about will continue to be implemented because they're not dependent on the congressional budget process and the longer the shutdown, the longer people go without paychecks, the greater the impact on the economy.

>> tom costello, thank you so much, tom.