So which is it? And why don't they say?..could it be that they don't know?.....c'mon.
They do say however there is a plan B, which has been in place since 1980 to cover all of the asses of all of the agencies.......just in case.
What plan? You may ask,and how does it work?
"During an absence of appropriations, agency heads must limit obligations to those needed to maintain the minimum level of essential activities necessary to protect life and property."
In other words the government is saying......."Just trust us."
What are considered essential activities?
Ask Social Security and they reply..."no comment"
Ask The Department of Labor and they tell you,...."We decline to say."
Ask USDA about food stamps and they will tell you,...."It is too premature to speculate."
But not to worry too much because this has happened before.
The federal government closed for 21 days from December 1995 to January 1996. Monthly Social Security checks continued for existing beneficiaries even though Social Security Administration initially furloughed most of its workers.
So don't freak out... just yet...if you relay on any of these programs..everything is cool.. at least for a little while longer.
Put your pitch-fork back in the closet and save it for another day.
Because practice...makes perfect.