If Congress doesn't pass a federal budget by Friday night at midnight, the National Zoo and federal parks would close, I.R.S. refund checks could be delayed and troops fighting in foreign wars might not get paid.
But postal carriers, air traffic controllers and even members of Congress would still have to work. So what does a federal shutdown mean for federal employees and everyday Americans? We take a look with Steve Ressler, founder of the government worker social media site, GovLoop.
This segment aired on April 6, 2011.