Government shutdown: What will and won't happen during federal shutdown

ByMiya Shay via KABC logo
Thursday, January 10, 2019
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As lawmakers and President Donald Trump spar over funding for his border wall, the prospect of a partial government shutdown is on the horizon.

WASHINGTON -- When the U.S. government shuts down, what does and does not happen? Here are answers to some of the most common questions.

Q: Does Congress still get paid during a shutdown?

A: Yes, but members of Congress can voluntarily give up their salary during a shutdown, and many have done that in the past.

Q: What happens to the military?

A: U.S. military operations will continue around the world.

Q: What about service members' paychecks?

A: Service members do not get paid during the shutdown, but will continue to work. Most civilian Department of Defense employees will be furloughed.

Q: What about passport services from the State Department?

A: State Department will continue to offer passport services, but will be closed for the holidays, reopening after Christmas on Wednesday.

Q: Will I get my mail?

A: You will still get your mail.

Q: What happens to the Supreme Court?

A: Supreme Court will continue to operate.

Q: Social Security?

A: Social Security Administration will continue to issue checks.

Q: Medicare and Medicaid?

A: Medicare and Medicaid will continue to be accepted, but customer service at these agencies may be impacted by furloughed employees.

Q: What about NASA?

A: Mission Control will still operate 24/7 to support the astronauts in space. However, support services like social media and NASA TV will be impacted.

Q: What if I want to buy a gun?

A: FBI says gun background checks will continue during the shutdown.

Q: Will National Parks be open?

A: National Parks should be open, but some areas may be limited because staff will be furloughed.

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