Bustos Statement on Washington Republican Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) released the following statement after the president and Washington Republicans shut the federal government down:

“Let’s be clear – this government shutdown, driven by House Republicans and the president, was completely avoidable. Washington’s constant culture of failure and ineffectiveness was on full display this week – and families across the Heartland are understandably frustrated. The American people deserve better than relentless dysfunction and politicians who are more interested in scoring political points than executing the basic functions of government.

“I will continue working to bring both sides together to find solutions and bring the shutdown to an end as quickly as possible.

“To help veterans, seniors and hardworking families navigate this shutdown, our Congressional office is maintaining operations during this shutdown. We will also continue to inform the public about the shutdown and its impact at www.bustos.house.gov.”

Many federal agencies will close due to the shutdown. However, Congresswoman Bustos’ offices will continue to respond to constituent casework issues and inquiries – her offices, listed below, can be reached Monday-Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (aside from Christmas Eve and Christmas).

Rock Island Office
Phone: (309) 786-3406

Peoria Office
Phone: (309) 966-1813

Rockford Office
Phone: (815) 968-8011



The following services will continue during a shutdown:

  • Veterans Health Administration will remain open and continue to provide medical services.
  • Veterans Affairs call centers, hotlines, and regional offices will remain open.
  • Social Security beneficiaries will continue receiving checks.
  • The U.S. Postal Service will keep delivering mail.
  • Medicare and Medicaid claims will continue to be processed.
  • Active military will continue serving.
  • Air traffic controllers, prison guards, TSA agents and border patrol agents will remain on the job.
  • NASA Mission Control will continue supporting astronauts serving on the Space Station.
  • The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) offices will remain open.

The following services will be halted during a shutdown:

  • Loans to rural communities will be halted.
  • New applications for small business loans will be halted.
  • Permits and reviews for transportation projects will be halted except in cases of emergency.
  • Consumer protection services (child product safety, financial security, etc.) will be halted.
  • Non-essential Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) inspections of chemical facilities and drinking water systems will be halted.
  • Non-essential federal employees at unfunded agencies, including but not limited to the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Transportation, and the Department of Homeland Security, will be immediately furloughed without pay.

The following services will continue in a limited capacity but may be halted in an extended shutdown:

  • SNAP, school lunch benefits, and other nutrition programs may be limited in an extended shutdown.
  • Tax refunds may be delayed by the IRS.
  • Passports will continue to be issued by the State Department, but processing of applications may be delayed or halted in an extended shutdown or at certain locations.