Here's what a government shutdown could mean for you
FARGO—The countdown is on before the government could face a shutdown.
The last one was in 2013, which lasted 16 days and cost the economy billions.
We took a local look at what a shutdown could mean for you, and the perspective from those it could hurt the most.
Lawmakers have until midnight Friday to come together and pass legislation to avoid a government shutdown.
Now just to be clear, things like social security, Medicare and other programs will continue on, but certain individuals could be severely affected.
For one, the Federal Building in Downtown Fargo may be a bit quieter come Monday.
In 2013, about 850,000 "non-essential" federal employees didn't go to work for 16 days.
But those workers are just one example.
Here is a list of what will happen if the government shuts down:
• National Parks and monuments will close.
• We could see a complicated tax season with the IRS on hold.
• CHIP, or the Children's Health Insurance Program, risks losing funding.
• The CDC's Flu program will be halted,
• And disability benefits interrupted.
Those frozen disability benefits could impact disabled veterans and their caregivers, like Eric and Bobbie Marts.
"Every year it's like sitting on pins and needles wondering if something's not going to show up in the mail, you know, hoping that you can put away a few dollars just in case something like that happens, and most people can't," said Bobbie Marts.
Besides her full-time job as Eric's wife, Bobbie is her husband's eyes.
Ten years ago, a roadside bomb stole Eric's eyesight, overseas in Iraq.
"It's time that our leaders actually looked themselves in the mirror, and this is coming from someone who can't look in the mirror and see themselves," said Eric Marts.
In their 20 years of marriage, the couple has seen their fair share of shutdowns.
There have been 18 total in history.
Bobbie said, "It's party politics and it's ridiculous."
As the clock ticks, the Marts' and thousands hold steady, hoping for a decision.