The government is in the midst of the longest partial federal shutdown in history and no way seems to be clearing since President Trump and Congress cannot seem to come together to make a deal.
While a partial shutdown implies that part of the government is still functioning, and this is true, but 9 of the 15 federal agencies ARE affected and after nearly a month, problems are on the rise. Some essential services such as Medicare payments and public safety are still operating but keep in mind that over 800,000 federal employees are going to work each day with no paycheck.
The Social Security Administration has a shutdown protocol for situations like this and it is not expected that checks would stop or that core programs would be halted. The plan states, “Funding for the programs under Titles II, XVI, and XVIII of the Social Security Act will continue, even in the event of a lapse in appropriations,” .
The Social Security Administration, VA disability payments, Survivor Benefits, and retiree benefits were all part of programs funded this September which will protect them from this furlough for now.
The President has repeatedly stated that any agreement he comes to with Democrats MUST include funding for a border wall. Originally Trump agreed to a modified budget plan which didn’t include wall money but at the last minute changed his mind which propelled the government into a shutdown.