Shut Happens!

For those of you who are paying attention to the game of the week, our Government has in fact shut down, at least it is in the process of shutting down, the actual close of work for lots of offices won’t be for a week or so, but if you are worried about what portions of the Government will be impacted, here is a list by Congressman Holt of NJ-

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.



So, today for example, when the  Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Washington was closed, former Vets just pushed past the barriers to visit.

This is the first day!



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