>> With the US government now shut down over a failure to reach a budget deal, Federal agencies are expected to begin scaling back on Saturday. In the short term, the impact packs less of a punch with the shutdown starting on a weekend when most government employees are off.
But come Monday, employees ranging from financial regulators, to civilian staff at the Pentagon, will have to stay away from work. The government last sit down in October 2013, after a similar standoff. National Parks were closed then, upsetting many tourists and causing a $500 million loss in visitors spending.
The White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said on Friday those parks would remain open this time around. Smithsonian museums along the National Mall were expected to stay open through Sunday before closing on Monday. Like in 2013, the IRS will close and likely delay tax refunds this year. Most employees in the Departments of Defense, Justice, and Homeland Security, are considered essential and will remain on duty.
>> And the government may be heading under shutdown, but the Senate's not shutting down.>> Congress was reconvening on Saturday to resume negotiations. Though with Republicans and Democrats blaming each other for the shutdown, it's unknown how long it will be before they reach a deal.>> Mr. Bowsman.