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How will the government shutdown impact New Mexico workers and residents?

NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – Congress may initiate a federal government shutdown starting Sunday, October 1st. New Mexico Rep. Melanie Stansbury, a Democrat who represents central New Mexico, let residents know how they may be affected.

A federal shutdown may mean that local offices of federal agencies are temporarily closed. Stansbury said there are 94 agencies with offices in New Mexico and more than 25,000 people may be without paychecks during the shutdown.

Stansbury said in a letter to New Mexico residents that 11,478 people may be asked to work without pay at military bases in New Mexico. Federal workers in Port Soleil may also be affected.

New Mexicans receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will still be out of home for 30 days after the lockdown begins. But Stansbury said if a new budget is not passed by November, the 484,576 New Mexicans who receive SNAP may stop receiving benefits.

Stansbury said Medicare, Medicaid and disability insurance will continue to be available unless the shutdown lasts more than three months. Veterans Affairs facilities will remain open and federal/military retirees will continue to receive benefits during the closure.

Stansbury said Social Security checks will continue to be issued during the government shutdown.Post offices will reportedly remain open Reporting from The Hill.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), said the government shutdown could threaten long-term disaster recovery funding. FEMA told KRQE News 13: “With disaster relief funds at their lowest levels, FEMA has taken significant steps to ensure we meet the emergency needs of survivors when a disaster strikes. However, this is not a permanent solution. While we are ready to implement life-saving and life-sustaining missions, but as we are forced to suspend payments for public assistance and mitigation programs, communities’ long-term recovery needs will be impacted. Most important: FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund must be replenished so we can help all The community is fully restored.”

New Mexico has asked federal employees in the state to contact the Department of Workforce Solutions if they want to apply for unemployment benefits. For more details on how to do this, see KRQE News 13’s report.

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