Government shutdown 2021: will social security checks still be sent?


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If you’re currently receiving a Social Security check and wondering if a government shutdown will impact your payment, rest assured: Social Security payments will continue to flow as usual.

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This is because the Social Security Administration has the power to continue sending checks to beneficiaries even if the government is shut down, ABC7 Chicago reported. This applies to both Social Security and Supplementary Security Income (SSI) checks.

But the Social Security Administration will be affected in other ways. For example, benefit verification, social security benefit claims and card issuance would cease. This would impact millions of other Americans who are not currently receiving Social Security benefits.

Representative Dan Kildee (D-Michigan.) noted on his site that on a typical day, about 60,000 Americans apply for Social Security cards, which they might need to start a job, take out a loan, open a bank account, or perform other financial transactions.

“During a stop, no social security card is issued,” he wrote.

Government shutdowns have already taken place in the United States, most recently in 2013. During this shutdown, Social Security payments continued to flow, the website reported. And because Social Security payments are taken from a payroll-funded trust fund, checks should continue even if the debt ceiling is not raised.

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However, it may take a little longer than usual to get the checks. As GOBankingRates reported yesterday, effective October 1, the U.S. Postal Service will be implementing new service standards for First Class Mail and Periodicals. First class mail and periodicals 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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Vance Cariaga is a London-based writer, editor and journalist who previously held positions at Investor’s Business Daily, The Charlotte Business Journal and Charlotte’s Observer. His work has also appeared in Charlotte magazine, Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal and North Carolina Business magazine. He holds a BA in English from Appalachian State University and studied journalism at the University of South Carolina. His reporting has been recognized by the North Carolina Press Association, the Green Eyeshade Awards and AlterNet. A native of North Carolina who also writes fiction, Vance’s short story, “Saint Christopher,” placed second in Writer’s Digest 2019 short story contest. Two of his short stories appear in With an eye on the cows, an anthology published by Ad Hoc Fiction in 2019. His first novel, Voodoo hideout, will be published in 2021 by Atmosphere Press.


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