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The 1996 shutdown cost taxpayers about 2 billion, Christian Science Monitor reports. Some Smithsonian museums like the National Gallery of Art, seen here, were spared thanks to private funding. (Getty Images)
The 1996 shutdown cost taxpayers about $2 billion, Christian Science Monitor reports. Some Smithsonian museums like the National Gallery of Art, seen here, were spared thanks to private funding.

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The U.S. economy will lose an estimated 300 million a day, Bloomberg reports.(Getty Images)
The U.S. economy will lose an estimated $300 million a day, Bloomberg reports.

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The number of furloughed federal workers impacted by the current shutdown. (Getty Images)
The number of furloughed federal workers impacted by the current shutdown.

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More than 200,000 veterans are being impacted by the shutdown, the Center for Effective Government reports.Pictured World War II veteran Russell Tucker of Meridian, Miss., stands outside the barricade as he visits the World War II Memorial. (Getty Images)
More than 200,000 veterans are being impacted by the shutdown, the Center for Effective Government reports.

Pictured: World War II veteran Russell Tucker of Meridian, Miss., stands outside the barricade as he visits the World War II Memorial.

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Homeland Security is one of the least affected agencies impacted by the shutdown - just 14 percent of workers, or 31,295 people, are furloughed.(Getty Images)
Homeland Security is one of the least affected agencies impacted by the shutdown - just 14 percent of workers, or 31,295 people, are furloughed.

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About 97 percent, or 17,701 people, of NASA has been furloughed on the same day the agency is celebrating its 55th anniversary. International Space Station scientists have been spared. (Getty Images)
About 97 percent, or 17,701 people, of NASA has been furloughed on the same day the agency is celebrating its 55th anniversary. International Space Station scientists have been spared.

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Lets hope an oil spill doesnt threaten the lives of animals like the pelican pictured to the left. This fortunate creature is being cleaned off by members of the Environmental Protection Agency, which is now furloughing 15,181 employees. (Getty Images)
Let's hope an oil spill doesn't threaten the lives of animals like the pelican pictured to the left. This fortunate creature is being cleaned off by members of the Environmental Protection Agency, which is now furloughing 15,181 employees.

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Minimal support is being offered by the CDC, which is losing 68 percent of its staff, or 8,754 people. Dont expect outbreaks to be investigated or the seasonal flu to be monitored. (Getty Images)
Minimal support is being offered by the CDC, which is losing 68 percent of its staff, or 8,754 people. Don't expect outbreaks to be investigated or the seasonal flu to be monitored.

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The FDA is losing 45 percent of its employees, or 6,620 people, which means ceasing many inspections, enforcement actions, monitoring operations and suspending some lab research. Select vital activities, including maintaining critical consumer protection to handle emergencies, high-risk recalls, civil and criminal investigations, import entry review, and other critical public health issues will continue, according to a memo circulated the Department of Health and Human Services. (Getty Images)
The FDA is losing 45 percent of its employees, or 6,620 people, which means ceasing many inspections, enforcement actions, monitoring operations and suspending some lab research.

"Select vital activities, including maintaining critical consumer protection to handle emergencies, high-risk recalls, civil and criminal investigations, import entry review, and other critical public health issues" will continue, according to a memo circulated the Department of Health and Human Services.

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One of the departments hardest hit by the shutdown is the Department of Education. About 94 percent of employees, or 3,983 people, are being furloughed. Some grants are also being affected. (Getty Images)
One of the departments hardest hit by the shutdown is the Department of Education. About 94 percent of employees, or 3,983 people, are being furloughed. Some grants are also being affected.

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Its not just people outside the White House that are being affected by the government shutdown. More than 1,200 workers inside this seat of power are not reporting for work. (Getty Images)
It's not just people outside the White House that are being affected by the government shutdown. More than 1,200 workers inside this seat of power are not reporting for work.

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Thats how many national parks across the U.S. are closed thanks to the shutdown. (Getty Images)
That's how many national parks across the U.S. are closed thanks to the shutdown.

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Yes, even the pandas are feeling the shutdown crunch. All 18 Smithsonian institutions, including the National Zoo, are closed while the political impasse continues. (Getty Images)
Yes, even the pandas are feeling the shutdown crunch. All 18 Smithsonian institutions, including the National Zoo, are closed while the political impasse continues.

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Approximately one dinosaur could be affected by the shutdown. The prehistoric creature is supposed to be making its way to the Natural History Museum from Montana, but might not make it thanks to the shutdown. (Courtesy Museum of the Rockies)
Approximately one dinosaur could be affected by the shutdown. The prehistoric creature is supposed to be making its way to the Natural History Museum from Montana, but might not make it thanks to the shutdown.

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