Our government is now in a record breaking 32nd day of a partial federal shutdown and with the feud between President Trump and Democrats burning hotter than ever, there appears to be no end in sight.
It’s true that a partial shutdown differs from a complete shutdown but it is no less devastating to the 800,000 government workers and millions of federally funded contractors who are affected. Medicare and some essential public safety operations are still functioning but with 9 of the 15 federally funded agencies shut down for over a month now, the ripple effect is showing and starting to pile up into a mess.
One big concern for many Americans is how this shutdown will affect Social Security and benefit checks. The short answer is this: the shutdown SHOULD have little effect on them. According to a contingency plan put forth by the Social Security Administration, many core and benefit programs are protected.
The shutdown protocol 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.”. Social security, along with other essential program payments many Americans are reliant upon such as VA disability, Survivor and retiree benefits all come from funds that are, for now, protected from this furlough.
Stakes are high and rising, however, with President Trump refusing to agree to ANY plan the Democrats put forth that does not include funding for a border wall. Initially, Trump had agreed to sign off on a modified plan that didn’t include the wall but backed out at the last minute and sent the government spiraling into the longest shutdown in history.