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The latest attempt at a government compromise failed hours ago. The Senate voted to reject a plan by House Republicans for a temporary funding bill that would have kept the government open, but would have delayed implementation of the health care law for one year.

Effective at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday the government went into a partial shutdown after being unable to resolve a stand-off over ObamaCare. The last shutdown was in 1995 under President Bill Clinton.

Who will be affected here in Detroit? What else will be affected? 

Federal workers
Local federal workers will most likely be furloughed.

The government has not release an estimate of how many federal workers will be furloughed nationwide, although it could reach as many as one million people. 

Some federal workers may still be required to work during a shutdown. Those employees include those necessary to protecting public health, safety or property. Employees whose salaries are paid using non-federal funds are also exempt. Finally, any employee necessary for the president to fulfill his constitutional requirements is also exempt. 

Fox 2's Randy Wimbley talked to some local federal workers who have been furloughed before. Click on the video player above to hear their reactions. 

Home buyers
The gridlock in Washington could delay ownership for most home buyers. The government will continue processing FHA loans, but with a majority of the workers furloughed, the process will be slow.  

College students
A government shutdown could also hurt college students. The government likely won't be able to process new federal loan applications, which could lead to a backlog.

"It could be very detrimental to us, as far as getting our books, surviving during the school year ... meal plans," Tamisha Pride, a junior at Wayne State University, tells Wimbley.

Medicare
Those receiving Medicare will still collect benefits. 

Social Security recipients
Those receiving Social Security will still collect benefits.

Unemployment recipients
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Food stamp recipients
You will still collect your benefits. The program is funded outside federal dollars. 

WIC recipients
You may or may not still receive these benefits. Administrative costs are covered by federal dollars, so that will be put on hold. However, since WIC is administered by the state, some funding may still be available. 

Michigan federal courthouses
Michigan federal courthouses are also likely to remain operable. There are some major court hearings in early October, especially the sentencing of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick on Oct. 10.

Detroit's bankruptcy case is ongoing, too. A trial to determine if the city is eligible to restructure its debts is set for Oct. 23.

Michigan National Guard
Officials say a suspension of operations is expected that could affect about 900 guard members. Maj. Gen. Gregory Vadnais says training and other duties could be canceled, affecting thousands of other Guard members.

U.S. Postal Service
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Passport services

Passport applications are likely to still be processed.

Gun sales, weapon permits
Gun sales and gun permits may not be affected, as the government will continue to complete criminal background checks. Bill Kucyk owns Action Impact, a gun shop and firing range in Southfield.  He initially thought background checks would not be processed in case of a shutdown, only to learn otherwise late this afternoon. "I was a little uneasy because I wasn't sure if, in fact, this entire operation would shutdown. Most of background checks are mandated by law so we have to comply with them, and if we weren't able to do that, I would've effectively lost about 80 percent of my business," Kucyk says.

Across the nation, other federal workers will see delayed paychecks and possible layoffs. National parks and museums will be closed. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be severely limited in spotting or investigating disease outbreaks.

President Obama has signed legislation ensuring military will get paid during any government shutdown.

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