The US Senate and House of Representatives have until midnight tonight to compromise on a spending bill, and avoid a partial shutdown of the American Government.  As many as 2,600 Larimer County employees could be affected by such a shutdown.

The spending bill presents ways to keep the government funded and running, but it involves postponing Obamacare one year.  Needless to say, Democrats aren't happy about that and are refusing to accept any compromise that delays healthcare reform for that long.

The 2013 fiscal year ends at midnight and if there is no agreement between the House and Senate, the government will shut down non-essential functions 1 minute later affecting about 2,600 local federal workers. Employees at places such as Rocky Mountain National Park, the Centers for Disease Control Vector-Borne Diseases and the Department of Agriculture’s National Wildlife Research Center in Fort Collins spent much of Monday playing ‘what if’ and getting ready to leave their jobs for an indeterminate period of time.

Check out the video below for more info from 9 News.  We'll keep you updated as soon as we learn more!