What happens if the government shuts down?
With a government shutdown looming, our 24/7 media has been quick to throw around terms like “catastrophic” and “devastating,” so what would a government shutdown actually mean?
No matter what, every federal office in D.C. won’t be padlocked tomorrow.
The Heritage Foundation takes a look at what will occur:
If President Barack Obama “shuts down” the government by vetoing a continuing resolution (CR) that funds all government operations with the exception of Obamacare, or the Senate fails to pass such a CR, crucial services will continue without interruption. That includes all services essential for national security and public safety—such as the military and law enforcement—as well as mandatory government payments such as Social Security and veterans’ benefits.
The key fact, as the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) itself has said, is that when there is a short-term lapse in appropriations, “the federal Government will not be truly ‘shut down’…because Congress has itself provided that some activities of Government should continue.” In fact, any claims that not passing a CR will result in a “shutting down” of the government “is an entirely inaccurate description” according to the DOJ.