Govt shutdown: What happens to Social Security benefit payment


As government shutdown looms, Congress must reach an agreement by Nov 17 midnight.

Social Security beneficiaries, including 67M retirees, will continue to receive checks despite potential shutdown.

SS operates under mandatory funding, while discretionary spending requires annual renewal.

Medicare and Veterans Affairs beneficiaries will also receive benefits, though some programs may be affected.

Social programs like WIC may face disruption, operating for a short period post-shutdown.

While Social Security and Medicare benefit checks continue, verification and card issuance may halt.

SNAP could stop benefits if the Department of Agriculture ceases due to an extended closure.

A shutdown may also stop payment for some federal workers and result in temporary layoffs.

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