Explainer-What happens when the U.S. federal government shuts down?

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By Jason Lange WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Washington is racing to avert a partial government shutdown that could lead to furloughs for hundreds of thousands of federal workers in the middle of a national health crisis. Barring a still-elusive political deal, funding for most federal agencies will expire at midnight on Thursday. Many government functions will grind to a halt in the second federal shutdown in three years. Museums and national parks will close and roughly three in five workers – out of a federal civilian workforce of 2.1 million – will be barred from working, said William Hoagland, a…

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