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How will government shutdown impact on Social Services and Social Security?

Published On: Oct 02 2013 12:00:00 AM EDT

Officials say as long as a shutdown is less than 30 days long, there shouldn't be much of a problem.


It has come down to the final hours before the federal government runs out of money to keep operating.

Democrats and Republicans are locked in a showdown over a temporary funding bill and provisions that water down the President's
health care law.

We're hours away from the midnight deadline, and right now there's a lot of uncertainty from social service agencies.

The official word from the Virginia Department of Social Services is that there will be no impact if the shutdown lasts fewer than 30 days.

If you receive social security or any other federal benefits like unemployment, disability Veterans benefits, there will be no impact on when you receive your benefit check.

Local organizations like Total Action for Progress, or TAP, are paying very close attention to what's going on in Washington.

I'm told one of the stipulations of sequestration was if there's no budget deal by tonight, another round of sequestration cuts kick in.

TAP is unsure of whether or not that will happen or what programs would be affected.

Today the governor weighed in and criticized the president and both houses of congress for getting to this point.

"The basic function of government is to keep itself running and to provide the core services that the American taxpayers invest trillions of dollars in every year. And now it looks like in a matter of hours, that obligation is going to be unmet," Bob McDonnell said at a press conference today.

The Virginia Department of Social Services tells me if there is a shutdown for more than 30 days that funding for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Child Care Assistance and Heat Assistance are some of the programs that could be cut.

It's important to note that the longest government shut down in United States history was 17 days.