The looming potential of a federal government shutdown is growing closer by the day. The White House and congressional leaders are in the midst of negotiations with no clear resolution in sight, and the end of the fiscal year is only two weeks away. Unless both sides come to an agreement, the government could be faced with non-essential employees missing paychecks and vital government programs coming to a halt. It’s a situation that could spell disaster for millions of citizens relying on federal aid in the midst of an already rocky economy.