Congress failed to pass a spending bill Friday, causing the government shut down at midnight. Read below to see if the government services you depend on are suspended.
Social Security and other government benefitsopen
Recipients of Social Security, SSI, unemployment insurance, TANF, food stamps and some other programs will continue to receive benefits. The programs’ spending is not dependent on Congress’s explicit funding. However, some processes related to applying for or appealing these benefits may be stopped.
Medicare and Medicaidopen
In the last shutdown, some physician payments were slightly delayed, but the programs continued running.
Congress has already explicitly funded veteran’s hospitals, so they aren’t affected by the shutdown. However, the processing of new disability benefit claims will slow.
Local parks, schools, libraries and city government buildingsopen
Since these entities are controlled locally and not by the federal government, they are not affected by the shutdown.
Congress has already explicitly funded prisons, so they aren’t affected by the shutdown.
The courts have at least three more weeks of funding after a government shutdown.
Congress will continue to work, though some low-level staff may not get paid.
Most federal office buildingsclosed
Most departments and agencies will be shut down, and the employees sent home. Read more
National parks and monumentsmaybe
Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney declared the parks will stay open during a shutdown at Friday’s White House news briefing. But on Saturday roughly a third of NPS sites closed. The National Parks Conservation Association warned that the shutdown’s impact would vary depending on the particular park. Read more
Smithsonian museums and the National Zoomaybe
In a Saturday statement, the Smithsonian announced it has enough prior year funds to stay open through at least Monday. No matter what happens after that, the animals will still be fed. Read more
National Zoo panda cammaybe
Unfortunately, if the zoo closes, so will the panda cam. Read more
Federal service academy athleticsmaybe
The Air Force Academy has canceled all athletic events until further notice. But Navy says they have enough funding to keep their department running. Read more
Travel and Shipping
U.S. Postal Serviceopen
The U.S. Postal Service is an independent agency, so it is not affected by the government shutdown.
Some passport offices will likely remain open. Those located inside federal buildings will close.
Air traffic controllers, TSA officers and customs agents will continue to work at airports.
Amtrak is only partially funded by the government and “will continue normal operation” during a “short-term” government shutdown, a spokesperson said on Friday.
Special counsel Mueller’s Russia investigationopen
The probe’s funding is approved by Congress outside of the normal government funding process, so it will not be affected by the shutdown.
Active-duty troops will continue to work, though some training exercises would cease. Read more
IRS customer serviceopen
Automated processes will continue, but most processes that require people, such as providing customer service, will close. The call center will remain open since filing season has begun.
Some disaster-recovery effortsclosed
Some long-term responses to hurricanes, wildfires and mudslides will pause.
Federal financial aidopen
Though 90 percent of Education Department staff will be sent home, people assigned to federal financial aid will continue working.
USDA inspection of meat, poultry and eggs will continue.
Many government research operationsclosed
Some government research projects, such as geological and weather research, will cease. Non-governmental organizations that already received government grants, however, will not be affected by the shutdown.