From furloughing federal employees and delaying military pay to closing national parks and museums, a government shutdown would have its fair share of impacts.
But maybe one of the most prevalent possibilities would be the effect on American morale. Political leanings aside, many central Pennsylvanians are fed up with congressional clamoring.
"I don't like the way things are going," Devon Weary from Ickesburg said.
This is at least the fourth time we have been on some sort of financial edge since the end of 2010. The last government shutdown was in 1996.
So what are the odds of a shutdown happening next week?
"I think its a real possibility," Jim Hoefler, a Dickinson College political science professor said.
After all, the major sticking point for some Republicans, worth shutting the government down for, is the Affordable Care Act.
On Friday, the Republican-dominated House did approve a resolution to keep the funds rolling, but it defunded the law known as Obamacare. The move doesn't stand a chance in the Senate.
Democrats say they have the advantage and the GOP's move will backfire.
All of this is making for another high-stakes political chess match.
"The impact on the markets, spending, jobs everything is on the table right now," Hoefler said.