"There's a showdown underway in Congress.
The Republican-controlled House has voted to keep the government running only if the Affordable Care Act is defunded, and the Democratic-controlled Senate isn't likely to go along with that plan. If the two sides can't resolve their differences by Oct. 1, the U.S. government will shut down.
[NPR] asked you what you wanted to know about the potential government shutdown, and journalists from NPR's Washington Desk tracked down the answers:"
Your Government Shutdown Questions, Answered : It's All Politics : NPR http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2013/09/25/225453255/your-government-shutdown-questions-answered