Most people probably remember what happened when the federal government shut down the last time... Acadia National Park was closed, civilian federal workers were furloughed, and it took forever to get a passport. But there's one big difference now. Now, it's winter.

According to the Portland Press Herald, thousands of elderly Mainers depend on home heating oil and other heating assistance programs from the federal government to stay warm in the winter. That wasn't a huge concern in October 2013, the last time the federal government shut down. Now, it's a big deal.

President Donald Trump and the Republican party control the White House and both chambers of Congress, and any deal to keep the government open past tomorrow at midnight (11:59pm on 01/19/2018) will need to be passed by the House, the Senate, and then signed by the President before the government shuts down.

Read more about how Mainers could be affected at the Press Herald website here.