Here We Go Again: Government Shutdowns & Social Security - AMAC & Yahoo Finance
No. Social Security benefits will not cease if the federal government shuts down. Vince Cariaga explains the rationale and the funding mechanism for Social Security in this piece. But if a shutdown drags on for a while, there could still be negative consequences for Social Security recipients who need customer service assistance from agents of the Social Security Administration. Ostensibly agents would be forced to work for no pay, as essential employees. Service quality would suffer, but checks would continue going out. Full piece here.