What will be affected by the shutdown?
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.
Can I visit national parks? No. The National Park Service says day visitors will be told to leave immediately, and entrances will be closed.
Would food safety inspections continue? Mostly. The Food Safety and Inspection Service would continue all safety-related activities
Would a shutdown put the brakes on implementing the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare?" No. The state-run exchanges for the uninsured would open as scheduled Tuesday. "The marketplaces will be open on Tuesday, no matter what, even if there is a government shutdown," President Obama said Friday.
Get the answers to 66 questions about the shutdown here
Congressman John Barrow sent this out today and this could also be of help to you.
I’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions for you to help you understand what’s going on during this shutdown. With limited employees available to assist with Social Security, Medicare, and veterans claims, I want to make sure you’re taken care of during this time. My staff and I are available to assist in any way that we can.
- What causes a shutdown? Under the Constitution, Congress must pass – and the President must sign – laws to fund the government. If Congress can’t agree on that law – or if the President vetoes it – the government does not have the legal authority to operate.
- Why is this happening now? Current authority to spend money expired at midnight on September 30. Because there is no authority to spend money, the federal government shuts down.
- Does a shutdown mean all federal government functions stop?No. There are two major categories for federal employees in the event of a shutdown: exempted and non-exempted. In a shutdown, exempted employees continue to work, although without pay. Non-exempted employees report to work just for enough time to secure their office and may not continue to work beyond then.
- What parts of the federal government continue to function? There are key government functions that carry on during a shutdown, including anything related to national security, public safety, or programs written into permanent law. Every federal branch, department, and agency has published a review of their employees to determine which employees are exempted and which are non-exempted. You can see the reviews for the Executive Branch here. You can see the reviews for the Legislative Branch here. You can see the reviews for the Judicial Branch here. I have instructed my staff to report to work for two purposes: to work toward reopening the federal government and to be available to help any with any federal agency that is unresponsive due to limited staff.
- And which parts must shut down? Everything else.
- Specifically, what will be open and what will not? You can find some more questions and answers from the USA Today article here.
- Will I still receive my mail? Yes.
- Will I still receive my Social Security or Veterans Affairs check? Yes, but if the shutdown is prolonged, then it may be delayed.
- What will happen to my Veterans Affairs benefits? Some benefits will be impacted, and others will not. You can see more information here.
- Will I still have my Medicare insurance? Yes.
- Could government agencies ignore the shutdown? Under a federal law known as the Anti-Deficiency Act, it can be a felony to spend taxpayer money without an appropriation from Congress.