If a funding bill is not passed by 12am EST, the government will shutdown. A shutdown could have numerous effects in Washington State and across America. Social Security checks and benefits will continue to go out (although new applications could experience delays) and veterans’ hospitals will remain open. However, many federal agencies will be closed, thousands of workers in the state will be furloughed, and financial supports for small businesses can be put on hold.The Washington Post has a very helpful article detailing more affects of a shutdown, and there is more information below on how some agencies will be affected. Our office will remain open from 9am to 6pm EST, and my staff and I will be ready to assist you with any questions or concerns. Feel free to call anytime at 202-225-8901. I assure you that I understand how harmful a shutdown could be. I will do all I can to work with my colleagues to keep the government funded and avoid the negative consequences of a long-term shutdown.
Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security:
Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and other mandatory programs will continue to operate, but could see delays in processing new applications.
Thousands of federal employees in Washington State could face furloughs.
The military's 1.4 million active-duty personnel will stay on duty, and passage of bills in the House and Senate guaranteed they will continue to be paid.
National Parks and Museums
All national parks and federal wildlife refuges would be closed.
Federal air traffic controllers will remain on the job and airport will continue to operate security checkpoints; delays are possible. Federal inspectors will continue enforcing safety rules.
Processing foreign applications for visas and US applications for passports will continue because fees are collected to finance those services. Delays, however are expected due to a shutdown. Embassies and consulates overseas will continue to provide services to American citizens.
Federal courts will continue to operate normally for about 10 business days after the start of a shutdown. If the shutdown continues after such a point, the judiciary would have to begin furloughs of employees whose work is not considered essential. Cases would continue to be heard, however, in such a case.
The US supreme court is scheduled to begin its new term on October 7. In previous government shutdowns, it continued to operate as normal.
Deliveries would continue as usual because the US Postal Service receives no tax dollars for day-to-day operations. It relies on income from stamps and other postal fees to keep running.
The majority of the Department of Homeland Security's employees are expected to stay on the job, including uniformed agents and officers at the country's borders and ports of entry, members of the Coast Guard, Transportation Security Administration officers, Secret Service personnel and other law enforcement agents and officers. US Citizenship and Immigration Services employees will continue to process green card applications.
Veterans can visit hospitals for inpatient care, mental health counseling, or get prescriptions filled at VA health clinics. Operators will still staff the crisis hotline and claims workers would still process payments to cover disability and pension benefits.