Congresswoman Cheri Bustos outlines the Federal Government Shutdown for Constituents of the 17th District

Bustos’ Illinois offices will extend hours to serve constituents

 Bustos calls for all members of Congress to work every day to develop a bipartisan, long-term budget solution

Washington – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) outlined how the federal government shutdown would and would not impact families across the 17th Congressional District. When a federal shutdown occurs, many federal agencies close, however Bustos’ offices in Peoria, Rock Island and Rockford will remain open and extend their hours of operation to help constituents navigate the issues they might face during a shutdown.

Congresswoman Bustos herself will remain in Washington for as long as it takes to bring leaders of both parties together to work on a bipartisan solution to keep the federal government open.

“With the Republican Congress unable to come to an agreement on a long-term budget, it’s looking more and more likely that we are facing a federal government shutdown,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “It’s irresponsible that Speaker Ryan has made month-to-month budgeting into a standard operating procedure and I’m committed to staying in Washington and doing whatever it takes to reach a real and lasting solution.

“Now that a shutdown has happened, several federal agencies will be impacted while others will not. To help the veterans, seniors and hardworking families who I have the honor of serving navigate this situation, we are extending our hours of operation in our Peoria, Rock Island and Rockford offices. Additionally I have prepared a simple list of what will and will not be impacted during a shutdown which will be continually updated on our website at www.Bustos.House.Gov.”

Congresswoman Bustos’ Illinois Offices Shutdown Hours of Operation and Contact information:

All Illinois offices will be open Monday – Friday from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Peoria Office

820 SW Adams St.

Peoria, IL 61602

Phone: (309) 966-1813

Rock Island Office

2401 4th Ave

Rock Island, IL 61201

Phone: (309) 786-3406

Rockford Office

119 N. Church St.

Suite 207 & 208

Rockford, IL 61101

Phone: (815) 968-8011

ANTICIPATED IMPACT OF A FEDERAL SHUTDOWN

ADDITIONAL AGENCIES, NOT LISTED, MAY ALSO BE IMPACTED.  THIS LIST IS SUBJECT TO UPDATES AND CHANGES

The following services will continue during a shutdown:

  • Veterans Health Administration will remain open and continue to provide medical services.
  • 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 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 energy and 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.
  • Most non-essential federal employees will be immediately furloughed without pay.
  • New patients may not enroll in National Institutes of Health (NIH) clinical trials.

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

  • Veterans compensation, pension, education and other benefits will continue, but the ability to enroll for benefits may be limited in an extended shutdown.
  • Board of Veterans Appeals activities 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.
  • Applications to get Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid may be delayed in an extended shutdown due to limited staffing.
  • 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.

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