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What happens if the government shuts down?

WASHINGTON NBC News - The White House and Congress have yet to reach a deal on funding the federal government, raising the prospect of a partial shutdown as early as this weekend.

What happens if they don’t? Here’s what you need to know. 

Why are we talking about a shutdown again?

The government is operating on a stopgap funding bill that passed on Dec. 21, which followed a separate stopgap bill that passed in September. But the current funding legislation expires on Saturday, and the White House and Congress are still at an impasse.

The biggest dispute, though not the only one, is how to address the status of roughly 800,000 undocumented immigrants granted legal protection and work permits under President Obama that the Trump administration plans to revoke. Republicans control the House and Senate, but they need 60 votes in the Senate to pass a bill (there are only 51 Republicans) and may not have enough votes to pass a bill without Democrats in the House, thanks to conservative defections.

Read more at NBCnews.com

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