As you may know, Congress and the President must enact interim or full-year appropriations by the beginning of the federal fiscal year (October 1) for many governmental activities to continue operating. Failure of the President and Congress to reach agreement on interim or full-year funding measures may result in the shutdown of affected government activities.
In a concerted effort to avoid a shutdown of the Federal government, the House of Representatives has voted multiple times to keep the government open, and we have extended an invitation to the Senate to meet in an effort to negotiate the differences between the two chambers. Regrettably, these sincere offers have been rejected.
While I remain committed to finding common ground and solutions that help American families and keeps the government open, I want to be sure you are informed as to how a government shutdown may affect you. In addition to the information below, please see the Congressional Research Service Reports: Federal Funding Gaps: A Brief Overview, and Shutdown of the Federal Government: Causes, Processes, and Effects.
Please note that the following information is subject to change as the Federal government remains shutdown. If you have specific questions about the impact of the government shutdown, please do feel free to contact my office.