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UPDATE: Federal govt. shuts down for first time in 17 years

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UPDATE: The federal government has officially shut down for the first time in 17 years.

Congress was unable to find resolution on a funding measure for the government by the midnight deadline.

Agencies were instructed to begin shutting down shortly before midnight, according NBC News.

President Obama has ordered that the military continue to receive pay.

It's unclear at this this point if and when Congress will reach a resolution for funding the government.

PREVIOUS STORY: A federal government shutdown officially began Tuesday morning as a deadlocked Congress failed to reach an agreement on a short-term funding measure by a 12:01 a.m. deadline.

Government officials told agencies to begin executing plans for a shutdown shortly before midnight Monday.

Congress failed to pass a funding resolution, leaving many wondering what services will no longer be available.

Those in suits won't be the only ones affected. Non-essential military, FEMA and loan officers could be furloughed come Tuesday.

There could be both short- and long-term effects in Iowa. However, Gov. Terry Branstad's communications director Tim Albrecht seemed to be confident in Iowa's stability.

"The Department of Management has studied any implications and is confident Iowa will be able to withstand any potential government shutdown," Albrecht said.

Potential impacts from a government shutdown are as follows:

Military Employees: Iowa National Guard active-duty members will still get paid. However, about 1,000 full-time employees are at risk of being furloughed.

Active-duty troops will remain on duty, and Obama has ordered they be paid. Also, all military training and exercises are in limbo until Congress decides on a budget.

Reservoirs: Operations of the gates and other water control features on federal dams at Saylorville, Red Rock and Coralville will continue during a federal shutdown. However, recreation activities, campgrounds and visitor centers will close.

Federal Parks: Iowa has some public spaces managed by the federal government where facilities could be closed, including the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site at West Branch and Effigy Mounds National Monument near Marquette in northeast Iowa.

Federal Mortgages: The Federal Housing Administration may be unable to insure new home loans.

Iowa Airports: Air traffic controllers will remain employed. Airports will continue to operate for commercial flights.

Social Security: Current recipients will still receive checks, but new beneficiaries will not be processed.

Postal Service: Mail delivery will continue.

Small-Business Loans: Many employers could lose access to federal loans.

Disaster Recovery: FEMA employees overseeing disaster and flood recovery will be furloughed. There is an exception for those protecting life and property.

Veteran Services: The Veterans Administration will not be able to process new beneficiaries. Veterans Benefits Administration regional offices will have limited availability. All VA medical centers and clinics will be at full capacity.

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