The wait is over, it’s finally here! The United States government has begun a partial shutdown after Congress failed to meet its Monday at midnight deadline to pass a budget bill to fund the government. While agencies and services deemed “essential” (i.e., most defense spending, social security checks and Medicare benefits) will continue to be funded, many others will be forced to close or cut back until Congress can get it together.

Here are some things you need to know about the government shutdown, the first in 17 years!

  1. Social Security, Air Traffic Control, active military, and Congress will all continue to be funded
  2. More than 800,000 government employees will be furloughed and have to sit at home
  3. If you want a gun permit, a passport or a federal loan to buy a house, you will have to wait on the government to resolve itself
  4. Your mail will continue to be delivered
  5. President Obama will still get paid his four hundred thousand big ones
  6. The government shutdown actually has nothing to do with Obamacare; that was just used as a bargaining piece during budget negotiations
  7. Furthermore, much to Republicans’ dismay, Obamacare remains unharmed as it is funded by new taxes and fees, not existing programs

For more information, take a look at this article from The Washington Post.