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CONGRESS WOMEN SUSAN BROOKS REQUESTS "HER PAY BE WITHHELD FOR DURATION OF SHUTDOWN'

January 21, 2018 08:10 PM

CONGRESSMAN ANDRE CARSON EXPLAINS WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW IN THE EVENT THAT OUR GOVERNMENT SHUTS DOWN.

INDIANAPOLIS (BALBIR SINGH)

With the Federal Government currently operating under what is called “a lapse in appropriations” -- that is, a shutdown, Congresswoman from Fifth District of Indiana, Susan W Brooks, this morning  submitted a letter requesting that "her pay be withheld for the duration of the shutdown." The shutdown marked the first anniversary of President Donald Trump's inauguration.

She also signed on as a cosponsor to H.R. 4852, the Pay Our Protectors, Not Our Politicians Act of 2018, introduced by Rep. Martha McSally, that ensures our military men and women and homeland security staff who are working around the clock to keep us safe will be paid on time regardless of how long a shutdown lasts. Ensuring our Armed Forces, Coast Guard, active duty reservists, homeland security staff and American heroes in the military who work tirelessly to protect our homeland have the resources to continue to safely and efficiently protect the United States at home and abroad is more important than partisan politics.

During a shutdown, government programs that involve “the safety of human life or the protection of property” continue to operate. This means air traffic controllers, prison guards, and border patrol agents will remain on the job. A handful of other offices and agencies remain open because they receive funding through user fees. The U.S. Postal Service will continue to deliver mail, and Medicare services for current beneficiaries will continue without interruption. Social Security and Supplemental Security Income payments to beneficiaries will continue with no change in payment dates.

The US government began shutting down on Saturday, putting thousands of workers on unpaid leave, after the Senate failed to pass a stopgap budget.

'As I’m sure you’ve heard, funding for the federal government runs out tonight at Midnight. If Congress does not agree to a spending bill by then, the government will shut down. "

Meanwhile, Congressman Andre Carson, representing Seventh District of Indiana wrote "I will continue pushing my colleagues in Congress to act responsibly and keep our government open." However, here’s what you should know in the event that our government shuts down.Social Security checks will still go out, though there will be delays in the processing of new enrollees.Medicare, which is considered an “essential service,” will remain up and running, and seniors will continue to get their benefits.Passport offices will be closed except for emergency services.

Our men and women in uniform will be paid with IOU’s until the shutdown is over (at which point they will receive pay retroactively).Most federal agencies will shut down as federal employees are put on furlough. However, air traffic controllers, hazardous waste handlers, and food inspectors will still work.

Businesses contracting with the federal government will have to push back project deadlines, because the agencies that hired them will be unable to issue the necessary paperwork.National parks, zoos, and museums will be closed to visitors.The Small Business Administration will be unable to guarantee loans.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will halt disease surveillance.Certain FEMA flood mitigation and flood insurance operations will be suspended.The Federal Housing Administration will be unable to endorse any single-family mortgage loans or process and approve new multifamily loans.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development will be unable to honor Community Development Block Grants to state and local governments.

 

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