WASHINGTON—Government services were set to grind to a halt just after midnight Tuesday as lawmakers struggled to prevent a shutdown that nearly all of them said they wanted to avoid.
Barring a last-minute deal or retreat, the shutdown would put hundreds of thousands of workers on immediate furlough. National parks and passport offices would close. Small business loans and new benefit applications would not be processed. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
Staff writer Matt Viser contributed. Noah Bierman can be reached at nbierman @globe .com.