How Will a Shutdown Affect You?
A government shutdown for many federal agencies began Oct. 1. You may wonder what this means for you. Please see below for information released by specific agencies that may affect you.
Some government agencies will remain open and functional to protect life and property. These include the armed forces, border patrol agents, air traffic controllers and federal workers who provide medical care on the job. The Postal Service, which is self-funded, will also continue to operate.
Regardless of what happens in Washington, I am working hard to make sure that everyone in our area gets the service they need. My Nashville and Washington offices will remain open to continue assisting you. If you have any questions, please contact my office.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: What happens when the federal government shuts down?
Q: Will mail continue to be delivered?
A: Yes. The Postal Service is not affected by a government shutdown.
Q: I'm enrolled in Social Security. Will I get my check?
A: Yes. Social Security and Supplemental Security Income payments to beneficiaries will continue with no change in payment dates. However, during a government shutdown, the Social Security Administration will not be able to issue new or replacement Social Security cards, replace your Medicare card, or issue a proof of income letter
Q: Does Medicare still work?
A: Benefits for Medicare are exempt from the shutdown, so current participants shouldn't notice an interruption.
Q: Will VA hospitals be open?
Q: Will Congress get paid?
A: Yes, the Constitution requires it. But Jim has introduced two bills that would stop Members of Congress from being paid if Congress doesn't pass a budget or America defaults on its bills.
Q: Does Congress shut down?
A: No, Congress is in session.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & RESOURCES
How are Government Agencies Affected During a Shutdown?
To view a link to all government agency contingency plans, click here.
To view the Washington Post's breakdown by agency, click here.