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Federal Government May Shutdown Monday

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LANSNG, Mich. (WLNS) -

 "Almost all of our lives are touched by some government program in one way or another," said Joe Cavanagh, Co-Founder, Epic MRA

And if congress doesn't end it's budget brawl by monday, the federal government will shut down. But what does that mean for you?

"Cutting off the tap cuts off the services."

Experts say essential government services will continue. People will still get their social security checks and other benefits from entitlement programs like Medicare and Medicaid.

But there could be problems processing new applications for those programs because there might not be enough people around to do the work.

"Government offices shut down, phones don't get answered, emails don't get responded to. There are no people to provide the services that have been enacted."

"While a shutdown won't stop all government activity, it will mean furloughs, which can have a big impact on how things get done across the nation and right here in Michigan."

"Michigan's overall budget relies heavily on grants that come from the federal government, that in partnership with state tax dollars fund programs that are delivered through state agencies."

Experts say if congress doesn't come to an agreement, the next step would be to try and raise the debt ceiling, which some say could cause worldwide economic troubles.

The President said today that failing to raise the debt ceiling would be more dangerous than a government shutdown.

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