$1.4 billion. That’s how much the most recent federal government shutdowns – a combined 26 days in 1995 and 1996 – cost the country, according to the Congressional Research Service. In five days, hundreds of thousands of federal employees may again be asked to stay home from work. National parks and museums? Closed. Passport and gun applications? Unprocessed. Don’t worry, our military will stay at the ready – but servicemen and women will be paid in IOUs. Lawmakers are expected to work through the weekend toward a spending agreement so, as you can imagine, things remain extremely fluid on Capitol Hill.