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Cuellar: 'An outline of how a government shutdown would affect you'

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April 8, 2011, 1:59pm
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Washington, D.C. -- In preparation for a Republican shutdown of the federal government, today Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) released information on how a government shutdown could affect taxpayers.

“Over the last few weeks, I’ve worked diligently to avoid a government shutdown,” Cuellar said. “Such an event would adversely impact seniors, veterans and military families and those who have car payments, mortgage payments and out of pocket expenses on medical prescriptions. However, if a bipartisan agreement is not found, it is important to make constituents aware of available federal government services. It is my job as the U.S. Representative for the 28th District of Texas to provide information and resources for my constituents.”

Tax Filers
• Those filing paper tax returns would not receive tax refunds from the IRS, and many taxpayers would be unable to receive service from the IRS to help them meet their tax obligations. The 400 walk-in service centers throughout the country would be closed


• Social Security checks would be sent to beneficiaries
• Services in field offices and processing centers will be limited
• No new and replacement cards or updated earnings records will be processed
• Disability determination services limited


• Most Department of Defense budget planning and preparation would cease; military personnel would not receive paychecks during a funding lapse

• Military operations in Afghanistan, Libya, and Iraq would continue

•Most of the Veterans Benefits Administration customer support services would be suspended

• Medical services for veterans would continue to be available

Federal Employees

• About 12,325 federal employees in the 28th District of Texas would be affected by the government shutdown. They would not report to work at their respective federal jobs.


• No new approvals of Small Business Administration (SBA)-guaranteed loans for business working capital, real estate investment or job creation activities would occur

• Inspections of stock brokers, receipt and publication of corporate financial disclosures, and routine oversight of financial markets by Federal agencies would cease

• Agricultural export credit activity and other agricultural trade development and monitoring would cease.

Communities, Cities and Municipalities

• The Community Development Financial Institutions Fund would suspend its grants and technical assistance to communities across the country, delaying investments that finance businesses and create jobs in distressed neighborhoods.

• Department of Commerce grant-making programs for economic development would cease, as would most payments by HUD’s Community Development Block Grant program to State and local governments.

• Customer service would be reduced across the federal government. ,

Cuellar reassures taxpayers that his office will remain open to continue to provide essential services to his constituents.

“While it’s still unclear whether my staff would be paid, it is clear that I must continue to provide essential constituent services to our area. Every community can count on my office being open -- we will continue our work, as usual,” Cuellar said.

On Thursday, Congressman Cuellar voted to appropriate funds for military service members to ensure they continue to receive their paychecks in the event of a government shutdown. As a fiscal conservative, Congressman Cuellar also voted several times to prohibit Members of Congress from receiving a salary during a government shutdown.

“Earlier this week, the Blue Dog Coalition sent a letter to President Obama asking Congress to find a bipartisan solution and keep the government from shutting down,” Cuellar said. “I renew that call today. American taxpayers are asking us to lead the way out of the recession and solve the debt crisis by working together to find common sense solutions--not play politics. A shutdown would hamper critical services and functions that tens of millions need to survive on a daily basis.”

For more information on the government shutdown, visit the Office of Personnel Management at <> .

Attached is a memo that has more information on how a government shutdown would impact constituents of the 28th District of Texas.

Congressman Henry Cuellar is a member of the U.S. House Homeland Security and Agriculture Committees. Job creation, accessibility to constituents, education, economic development, and national security are his priorities. Congressman Cuellar is also a Vice Chairman of the Steering and Policy Committee, Senior Whip, and member of the Blue Dog Coalition.

Your Opinions and Comments

4th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Springs  
April 20, 2011 3:14pm
If that's the jolt our Government needs is to shut the Government down, then DO IT! PADLOCK THE FRONT DOORS OF CONGRESS AND EVICT ALL THE IDIOTS CURRENTLY RESIDING THERE! The Country is in crisis and the Senate/House leaders ... More ›

JC Hrubetz  
Stockdale, TX  
April 20, 2011 2:39pm
Man this guy is hell bent on scaring rather than educating citizens. As if the selfish dolts in Washington would allow a shutdown to endure longer than a couple of days. I mean once each side gets their mileage from the ... More ›

4th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Springs  
April 11, 2011 10:56am
Cuellar has worked diligently! Like always, he's worked his MOUTH a whole lot!

The Marcelina Muse  
Dry Tank, TX  
April 11, 2011 9:46am
It sure seems that all democrats are liars and most republicans are gutless. Guess we have to hang um' all, that way we get the guilty.

Linda Willis-Riojas  
Somerset, TX  
April 9, 2011 12:39am
P.S. Cuellar doesn't even read through his OWN links. Why am I not surprised because he doesn't read a bill before passing it. Here is the REAL like I followed from the inaccurate propaganda link and a quote: "Department ... More ›

Linda Willis-Riojas  
Somerset, TX  
April 9, 2011 12:32am
OK Cuellar, lies, propaganda, and more lies. I would not believe Cuellar if his tongue came notorized. This is the typical kind of scare tactics run by Cuellar and those of his ilk like Nancy "I have a private jet' Pelosi ... More ›

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