All three of my offices will remain open and ready to assist constituents with concerns and questions. This is how agencies and services will be affected during the shutdown:
Agencies and Services NOT Affected
- Active Military Personnel – The military will be going to work without compensation.
- Entitlement Programs/Non-Discretionary Spending – Anything that is referred to as non-discretionary spending or entitlement programs will continue to operate normally. This includes Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. You will continue to get your Social Security checks and you can continue to apply for Social Security benefits.
- Safety/Security –The TSA will continue to operate as normal.
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Unemployment Benefits – You will continue to receive both SNAP and unemployment benefits.
- US Postal Service – This functions as an independent business unit, so you will continue to get your mail.
- Disaster Response – Disaster response will not be affected. However, non-disaster grants such as preparedness programs will be postponed.
- Veterans – Essential Veterans services and the Veterans Hospital Administration will remain open.
- Federal Housing Authority – The FHA has said it will continue to make new loans because they use a multi-year appropriations authority.
- CDC- The CDC will be monitoring flu activity during the shutdown.
- Federal Retirement/Pensions – Federal employees' retirement payments will not be affected.
- Public Museums – Museums like the Smithsonian and the National Zoo, will remain open.
- National Parks- National Parks will be as accessible as possible.
Agencies and Services Affected
- Capitol Tours – Capitol Tours will be limited during the shutdown.
- Passports – The State Department has some funds to operate on without the congressional appropriation, so it will continue to function as long as possible. However, if you have need for a passport anytime soon, you should get your request in as quickly as possible.
- Meals on Wheels – Meals on Wheels will be affected by the shutdown.
- Food Safety/FDA – The FDA will have to cancel the majority of its food safety and nutrition activities, including routine food safety inspections.