What a Shutdown Could Mean to Us
Based on history, here is how a Government shutdown might impact government-provided public services.
Social Security: Checks will probably keep coming, but no new applications would be accepted or processed.
Welfare: Again, the checks would continue, but new Food Stamps might not be issued.
Mail: The U.S. Postal Service supports itself, so mail deliveries would continue as usual.
National Defense: All active duty members of all branches of all armed services would continue duty as usual. More than half of the Defense Department's 860,000+ civilian employees would also work.
Justice System: Federal courts should be open. Criminals will still be chased, caught, prosecuted and thrown in Federal prisons, which would still be operating.
Farms/USDA: Food safety inspections will probably continue, but rural development, and farm credit and loan program will probably close down.
Transportation: Air traffic control, safety personnel, and the Coast Guard will remain on the job.
National Parks/Tourism: Parks and forests will be open, but visitor and interpretive centers will be closed. Non-volunteer rescue and fire control services might be shut down. National monuments and most historic sites will be closed.
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