The Short Answer: Yes. Social Security recipients will continue to receive their monthly payments even if the government shuts down.
The Long Answer: The government shutdown is tied to the annual appropriations process, currently working its way through Congress. If the government shuts down, some aspects of the federal government will be impacted. However, Social Security payments are considered “mandatory” spending and are, if history is our guide, not going to be affected by a shutdown. The Social Security Administration itself may be required to furlough workers, which could possibly slow the processing of payments, but as most benefits are now paid via direct deposit, it is unlikely that there will be any impact on the payment of benefits.
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