Stop the Pipettes?

If the US Congress fails to avoid a government shutdown — the US government runs out of money at midnight when the fiscal year ends, if an agreement on a new federal budget is not reached — a number of US agencies and their workers may be affected. The New York Times notes that there is still ongoing political maneuvering, but "a temporary shutdown appear[s] inevitable without a last-ditch compromise."

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