If you’re currently receiving a Social Security check and wondering whether a government shutdown will affect your payment, rest assured: Social Security payments will continue as normal.
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That’s because the Social Security Administration has the authority to continue sending checks to beneficiaries even if the government shuts down, ABC7 Chicago reported. That applies to both Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) checks.
But the Social Security Administration will be affected in other ways. For example, benefit verification, social security claims and card issuance would be discontinued. This would affect millions of other Americans who are currently not receiving Social Security benefits.
Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Mich.) noted on his website that on a typical day, about 60,000 Americans apply for a Social Security card, which they may need to start a job, take out a loan, open a bank account, or otherwise. financial transactions.
“No Social Security cards will be issued during a shutdown,” he wrote.
The US has had government shutdowns before, most recently in 2013. During that shutdown, Social Security payments continued to go out, the AS.com website reported. And because Social Security payments are taken from a trust fund paid through payroll taxes, checks must continue even if the debt ceiling isn’t raised.
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However, it may take a little longer than usual to receive the checks. As GOBankingRates reported yesterday, the US Postal Service will implement new service standards for first-class mail and magazines beginning Oct. 1. First-class mail and magazines traveling within the same region will continue to be delivered within two to three days, but mail traveling long distances may require additional transit time.
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