Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, center, R-Ky., walks to his office early Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
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Many government operations will continue – U.S. troops will stay at their posts and mail will get delivered. But almost half of the 2 million civilian federal workers will be barred from doing their jobs if the shutdown extends into Monday.The longer the shutdown continues, the more likely its impact will be felt."Political gamesmanship, an unwillingness to compromise and a lack of resolve on both sides have led us to this point," McCain said in a statement Saturday.Below we outline how key parts of the federal government would be affected by a shutdown.IRSA shutdown plan posted on the Treasury Department's website shows that nearly 44 percent of the IRS' 80,565 employees will be exempt from being furloughed during a shutdown. STATE DEPARTMENTMany State Department operations will continue in a shutdown.HOMELAND SECURITY DEPARTMENTA department spokesman said nearly 90 percent of Homeland Security employees are considered essential and will continue to perform their duties during a government shutdown.Immigration and Customs Enforcement will be staffed at about 78 percent, meaning more than 15,000 of the agency's employees will keep working. The Secret Service, also part of Homeland Security, will retain more than 5,700 employees during the shutdown.DEPARTMENTMore than half – 34,600 – of the Department of Transportation's 55,100 employees will continue working during a shutdown.
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