What would a government shutdown mean?

What would a government shutdown mean?

Government shutdowns in the United States occur when there is a failure to enact funding legislation to finance the government for its next fiscal year or a temporary funding measure.

Do you still work when the government shuts down?

When there is a government shutdown, federal agencies are required to classify their employees as either “essential” or “non-essential.” The employees classified as “essential” continue to work during the shutdown. However, the employees classified as “non-essential” are put on unpaid furlough.

When has the federal government shutdown?

The United States federal government shutdown from midnight EST on December 22, 2018, until January 25, 2019 (35 days) was the longest U.S. government shutdown in history and the second and final federal government shutdown involving furloughs during the presidency of Donald Trump.

What programs are affected by a government shutdown?

There are nine federal departments affected by the Trump Shutdown: Homeland Security, Treasury, Agriculture, Interior, Housing and Urban Development, Justice, Commerce, Transportation, and State.

Will VA disability payments stop during government shutdown?

VA Compensation and Pensions Continue to Be Paid During a Government Shutdown. Disabled veterans, dependents and survivors would continue to receive their payments from VA.

What happens to federal employees during shutdown?

Salaries: Furloughed federal employees and workers who are deemed essential and forced to work during an appropriations lapse will not be paid for the duration of the shutdown, although all federal workers will be granted back pay once funding is restored.

Does a government shutdown affect VA disability pay?

VA Disability Pay & GI BIll Benefits Like retiree pay, VA disability pay and GI Bill payments were both funded through different legislation than was at risk on the Hill during the Jan. 2018 shutdown. For that reason, those checks were not to be affected.

Will military veterans be paid during shutdown?

There are times where the Department of Defense will have its full fiscal year funding approved prior to a shutdown and thus not impact military pay. Although not affected during a government shutdown many financial institutions that support current and former servicemembers will offer advanced pay or assistance.

Will VA benefits run out of money?

The Department of Veterans Affairs will start to run out of money at the end of the year without a 2020 appropriations, which may affect new benefits for veterans or the establishment of new facilities providing care.

Do federal retirees get paid during shutdown?

Retiree Pay and SBP Payments Military retirees were to still receive their regular pension checks in the event of a shutdown in Jan. 2018, as were those receiving a Survivor’s Benefit Plan (SBP) payment.