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So we know the government has had a "Shutdown" what does that mean??? We know you have questions and we found some answers just for you...According to USA Today!
What is a Shut down??
“Under the Constitution, Congress must pass laws to spend money. If Congress can't agree on a spending bill — or if, in the case of the Clinton-era shutdowns, the president vetoes it — the government does not have the legal authority to spend money.”
So why couldn’t Congress agree???
“The Republican-controlled House has passed a spending bill that maintains spending levels but does not provide funding to implement the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. The Democratic Senate insists that the program be fully funded and that Congress pass what they call a "clean" CR.”
When will this all end???
“Immediately after the president signs a spending bill. As a practical matter, it could be the following day before most government offices that were shut down would reopen their doors”
How long do most Shut downs last ??
No more than 3 days usually…the longest was back in the 90’s, it lasted 21 days!
Will I still get my mail?
“Yes. The U.S. Postal Service functions as an independent business unit.”
Can I get a passport?
“Maybe, but hurry. The Department of State says it has some funds outside the annual congressional appropriation. "Consular operations domestically and overseas will remain 100% operational as long as there are sufficient fees to support operations," the department says.”
What about National Parks??
“No. The National Park Service says day visitors will be told to leave immediately, and entrances will be closed.”
The Smithsonian, the National Zoo and the
Would seniors continue to get Social Security benefits?
“Yes. Social Security is a mandatory spending program, and the people who send those checks would continue to work under a legal doctrine called "necessary implication."
Would the government continue to pay unemployment benefits?
“Yes. The Employment and Training Administration "will continue to provide essential functions, as occurred during the shutdown of 1995," according to the Department of Labor contingency plan.”
Will I be able to get food stamps?
“Yes. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is funded through the Recovery Act and from funds that don't expire for another year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says."
What about WIC?
“No money would be available to pay the administrative costs of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. But because it's administered by states, there may be state funds available.”
And the federal school lunch program?
“Schools are reimbursed for these costs on a monthly basis and are allowed to carry over funds from the previous fiscal year. The USDA expects most schools will be able to continue providing meals through October.”