If the government shuts down, then any government service that isn’t essential will halt.
This would not be the first government shutdown, and it’s happened when Congress misses the deadline for passing annual spending bills.
What happens to Social Security and SSI if the government shuts down?
Americans will be safe from losing their payments if the government shuts down.
Anyone collecting Social Security or SSI can expect their payments like normal.
Social Security is considered a mandatory spending program. It does not use annual spending bills to function.
Unless policymakers change how a mandatory program works, it remains the same and continues functioning like normal.
What could happen if the government shuts down is a pause on issuing Social Security cards.
Around 60,000 Americans per day apply for new Social Security cards.
This could be an issue because many people need a Social Security card to work, open bank accounts, or take out a loan.