Government shutdown: What does it mean, who’s hit, and what’s next?

The federal government is heading for a shutdown that will disrupt many services, put pressure on workers and roil politics, while Republicans in the House of Representatives, fueled by hard-right demands for deep cuts, will stage a showdown over federal spending enforce.

While some government agencies will be exempt – for example, social security checks will still be carried out – other functions will be severely curtailed. Federal agencies will halt all actions deemed non-essential, and millions of federal employees, including members of the military, will not receive paychecks.

A look at what awaits us when the government closes its doors on October 1.