Government shutdown won't affect all programs - CBS46 News

Government shutdown won't affect all programs

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ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) -

There are a lot of things on which a government shutdown would have a big impact, but certain federal programs would remain operational.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, essential employees would not be cut.

Those include activities that involve the safety of human life and protection of property.

Some programs deemed essential - air-traffic control systems, Medicare and food inspections - would keep running.

The U.S. Postal Service is self-funded, so operations would continue uninterrupted.

Atlanta is home to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Department of Health and Human Services said the CDC will continue minimal support to protect the health and well-being of U.S. citizens here and abroad through a significantly reduced capacity to respond to outbreak investigations, processing of laboratory samples and maintaining the agency's 24/7 emergency operations center.

People receiving Social Security and veterans' benefits will still get their money. However, it could be delayed since there will be fewer workers to process the payments.

Also on the good list are active members of the military.

President Barack Obama signed legislation ensuring military will get paid during any government shutdown.

In the event of a shutdown, the Capitol building in Washington DC would stay open because Congress is exempt from furloughs.

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