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Consequences of a Government Shutdown

The Biden Administration is warning of the fallout of a possible government shutdown. Agriculture Secretary Vilsack said a shutdown would deprive low-income pregnant women, infants, and children under age 5 of access to nutritional foods. It could also send more than 50,000 Agriculture Department workers home and limit farmers' access to marketing assistance loans.  Per Vilsack, "the reality is that when there is a shutdown, we're looking at a significant disruption of the lives of millions of Americans." Service members could also be hard hit if funding lapses. They would have to report for duty anyway due to the critical nature of their jobs, but unlike in shutdowns past, they would not get paid. In past prolonged shutdowns, active-duty military and reservists still received their salaries. That's because the full-year Defense appropriations bill had already become law, but that is not the case this year.  The Administration’s Shutdown Contingency Plan is: