Government Shutdown and Social Security Payments…A Quick Update

Political sentiment these days seems to lean toward an increasing possibility that appropriations bills will not be passed in time to avert a shutdown of certain nonessential government services at the end of the day tomorrow. According to a comment included in an article by Alexander Bolton and Mike Lillis on, “Congress must act by the stroke of midnight Friday to avoid a shutdown.”

So what does this mean for Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients? As explained by the editorial staff of, “Anyone collecting Social Security or SSI can expect their payments like normal.” While payments would continue to be issued, though, there is the possibility that some components of the Social Security Administration could be temporarily interrupted, as in the case of the issuance of new Social Security cards.

Government shutdowns are not new, as explained in an article by the House of Representatives’ Office of the Historian. The article explains how and why the shutdowns occur and provides a history of their occurrence and duration from 1977 to 2019. An interesting read…access it here.

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