Government shutdown 101: 12 ways it could affect you

With Congress failing to fund the federal government by Oct. 1, the start of the new fiscal year, the government has gone into partial shutdown. Here is a list of what's open, and what isn't, during the shutdown.

11. What happens to the District of Columbia, which is a 'federal enclave'?

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Washington Mayor Vincent Gray, seen here on Sept. 16, has prepared for a government shutdown.

Washington is a city with more than 600,000 residents who pay local and federal taxes. But the city needs a federal appropriation to spend even its locally raised funds, meaning that during a federal shutdown, city services like trash collection are suspended. But on Sept. 25, Mayor Vincent Gray, breaking with tradition, declared all D.C. public workers “essential” to avoid a disruption of city services.

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