Sure, the national parks may be closed, and you’ll have to postpone your visit to the Statue of Liberty or Alcatraz.
But there are a few things you can still count on despite the government shutdown, says Melanie Hicken, writing about “7 things you won’t have to worry about in a shutdown” for CNNMoney.
Here’s what will stay open and continue to function, despite the shutdown:
Social Security and Medicare
Passports & passport offices
Air travel personnel & TSA workers
Food stamps under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
Mail delivery and the U.S. Postal Service
Federal courts (for at least 10 days or so)
National security agencies and programs (including the military and our Embassies abroad)
Essential financial regulators, like the Federal Reserve and the Securities & Exchange Commission
However, you may not be happy to hear that Members of Congress will continue to get paid “since their pay is written into permanent law” says Washington Post blogger Brad Plumer (follow a link to his article – below).
Want more information on the whys, whats and hows behind the shutdown?
Check out Brad Plumer’s blog article in the Washington Post, “Absolutely everything you need to know about how the government shutdown will work“