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Federal employees are sitting at home, popular tourist spots like the Washington and Lincoln Monuments are closed, as well as national parks.

"At midnight last night for the first time in 17 years, Republicans in Congress chose to shut down the federal government," President Barack Obama said Tuesday morning at a press conference.

The President said Tuesday that the shutdown stems from the difference in opinion over one law.

"They've shut down the government over an ideological crusade to deny affordable health insurance to millions of Americans," President Obama said.

But what exactly does a government shutdown mean?

"They're shutting down some of the non-essential things. The airports will be running, traffic controllers, the military and everything like that. They will be cutting down 20 percent of the FBI, the parks, and stuff like that," said Butch Tennant, Marion County Commissioner.

The shutdown effects 800,000 federal workers until further notice. Local governments and law enforcement aren't included in those numbers.

"The federal shutdown does not effect the state or county level at all or the cities. We will operate as normal. If this lasts for a long time, it would start to have an effect on the state," Commissioner Tennant said. "But as a county government, we operate on our own money and our own budget."

County officials said if the shutdown drags on for a long period of time it could effect some of its incoming grants, but they don't expect it to last long enough to change things at the local level.

"There won't be any effect here at all. We will just be operating every day business here in Marion County," Commissioner Tennant said.

President Obama has sent a message to Congress asking that it pass a budget and end the government shutdown.

There is no word on how long this shutdown could last.