EBT Cards And Social Security During Government Shutdown - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

EBT Cards And Social Security During Government Shutdown

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Tuesday marks the eighth day of the government shutdown, and there's still no deal made on Capitol Hill.

Some federal employees are back to work but 500,000 are still furloughed.

All non-essential government offices have been closed for a week now. But House Democrats and Republicans are still no closer to making a compromise.

If the shutdown continues for much longer, even more federal programs will fall by the wayside.

We at KHQ received several questions about a few of those programs, like social security and EBT cards, and if they will be continued despite the shutdown.

We received a message on Facebook last night from a viewer saying she was shopping in Safeway when a message came over the intercom, saying they aren't accepting EBT cards and was wondering if it was because of the government shutdown.

We made some calls today to that Safeway and learned they weren't taking EBT cards last night simply because their EBT machine wasn't working. Today they're back to accepting the cards. As of now, the shutdown hasn't affected any food assistance programs.

Another common question we've received from people is a question about social security checks. A woman contacted us about receiving her Social Security Checks and if she would still be able to receive her benefits. Their office is still open despite the shutdown but may be flooded with calls. The shutdown, as of now, hasn't affected any Social Security benefits.

However, if the shutdown isn't resolved and if the debt ceiling isn't increased by the 17th of this month, the government may not be able to pay these benefits in full. 

The shutdown is also affecting some small businesses from getting government backed loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Lenders are still processing and submitting loans, but it's the borrowers who have to wait. Even if the government shutdown ends this week, some loan approvals may be delayed a month and a half.

We'll have more information on the shutdown as it becomes available.








 

 

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