07 Apr '11, 3am

Millions of Americans may face shutdown of government services unless Republicans & Democrats reach budget deal

Protesters demonstrate in front of the Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. -- PHOTO: AFP WASHINGTON - MILLIONS of Americans braced on Thursday for a government shutdown that could impact their lives starting this weekend, unless Republicans and Democrats reach a budget deal. In many cities, including the US capital, residents would not be able to register vehicles or renew driver's licenses because motor vehicle departments around the country will shut down when the federal government does. That could happen at midnight on Friday, after which building permits will not be issued because the department of public works will be closed, and public libraries would remain shuttered, making it impossible to check out books. Rubbish would not be collected and streets would not be swept in Washington during a shutdown, Mayor Vincent Gray told a news conference. Tom Tarantino, of the Ira...

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