On October 1, 2013, regrettably, many services of the federal government were suspended due to the inability of Congress to pass a continuing resolution, and until an agreement is reached, many services will remain closed. At this time, my offices remain open and can provide you with the information you need. To reach an office in your area, click here.
Know that many essential services such as pay for our troops, Social Security and Medicare checks for seniors, VA benefits, access to VA medical facilities and clinics, as well as unemployment benefits, food stamps and Medicaid will continue. However other federal services such as access to our National Parks, Social Security processing centers, and requests for processing gun permits will remain closed during the shutdown.
The House of Representatives remains open and I continue to work with my colleagues and take constituent meetings. For Alaskans visiting Washington, D.C., unfortunately, the Capitol Visitors Center is closed and Capitol tours have been suspended by the House Sergeant at Arms.
Please let me know if you need assistance on a federal matter during the partial government down or have other questions that I did not address in this post. To email me, click here. For more information about the effects of a shutdown on federal agencies, or to view a frequently asked questions page, click here.