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These critical services would not cease:
* Social Security checks for seniors, people with disabilities and survivors would still go out. But new Social Security applications will likely not be processed during any shutdown, as during in the previous shutdowns.
* Troops would continue to serve, though their pay could be put on hold.
* Critical homeland security functions such as border security would continue.
* The Postal Service, which is self-funded, will continue to operate.
* The FAA would keep the air traffic control system open and safe.
However, some services would likely be affected:
* Unemployment benefits: The federal funds that help states pay the costs of their unemployment programs could be affected depending on the length of the shutdown.
* Veterans' services: While VA hospitals will remain open, veterans' benefits could be delayed or reduced, as was the case during the last shutdown.
* National parks: National parks and the National Wildlife Refuge Systems would be among the first places to close if the government shuts down.
* Passports: Passport and visa applications will not be processed. In the 1996 shutdown, over 200,000 passport applications and 30,000 daily visa applications went unprocessed.
* IRS processing of tax refunds for some returns would be suspended.
* FHA new home loan guarantees may cease.
* SBA approval of applications for business loan guarantees and direct loans to small businesses would likely cease, impacting the engines of our economy and potentially slowing the economic recovery.
* Farm loans and farm payments would cease.
* Museums: National museums, including the Smithsonian Institution, would close in the event of a government shutdown.
* Access to the U.S. Capitol: Guide and staff-led tours of the Capitol will be canceled. The House Gallery will remain open.
reply to post by MyHappyDogShiner
I think many people are (waking up) and are noticing...they are just not sure what to do about it.
Get frugal, it's being forced on us anyway really, but get really, really frugal and the system may collapse in upon it's own weight, or be forced to do the same (get frugal).
If they are shutting down their operations for lack of funding, maybe they should consider being more frugal with other people's money, like many of us are being forced to do with our own money.
"Lawmakers need to be held accountable and should feel the impact of a government shutdown just like many other Americans will," Sen. Stabenow said. "A shutdown could disrupt Social Security checks, veterans' benefits, hold up exports and cost private sector jobs, and will stop paychecks for hundreds of thousands of people. It's only fair that Members of Congress' paychecks be stopped too.
The last time the government was forced to stop services in 1995-96, more than 400,000 veterans saw their disability benefits and pension claims delayed. Approximately $3 billion in U.S. exports were delayed because export licenses could not be issued, negatively impacting economic growth. Hundreds of thousands of Medicare and Social Security requests were delayed. Thousands of passports remained unprocessed, preventing Americans from traveling overseas. And, for the first time in history, six states ran out of federal unemployment insurance funding used to pay unemployment benefits."
Conservatives making a last stand against President Barack Obama's new health care law and Senate Democrats' resistance to a $20 billion spending cut wanted by many, if not most, Republicans are two of the major problems confronting House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and other GOP leaders.
The combustible mix raises the possibility of the first government shutdown since the 1995-96 battle between President Bill Clinton and GOP insurgents led by Speaker Newt Gingrich. Republicans got the worst of that battle and have avoided shutdowns ever since.
At issue is what is normally routine: a plug-the-gap measure known as a continuing resolution to fund the government for a few weeks or months until a deal can be worked out on appropriations bills giving agencies their operating budgets for the full 2014 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1.
It's a scare tactic, and it's been over used by Republicans over the past eight years.
reply to post by caladonea
Don't you find it interesting, though, that whenever there looms a government shutdown, politicians state that people won't get their checks, lives will be lost, puppies will die, etc.
I'm confused... So, if Obamacare (newely added), soc. security, food stamsp, military services, et cetera don't shut down... Then what's the point of a gov't shut down? Sounds from a layman that it's not...
So my questions is how does this effect the everyday tax paying American?