A government shutdown completely stops providing services that are not considered "essential." If this happens, it won't be the first (nor the last) time the government has shut down, and like before, we will bounce back. We always do. However, it does have a huge impact on millions of American lives. In 1995, the government shutdown because the Republican-controlled Congress and the Clinton White House couldn't pass the budget (does this sound familiar to anyone else?).
How did we get here?