Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
Washington, D. C. - The U.S. government shut down at 12:01 a.m. ET Tuesday after lawmakers in the House and the Senate could not agree on a spending bill to fund the government.
Federal employees who are considered essential will continue working. But employees deemed non-essential — close to 800,000 will be furloughed.
Most furloughed federal workers are supposed to be out of their offices within four hours of the start of business Tuesday.