What will a US Government Shutdown mean for you?

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St. Petersburg, FL - If the federal government shuts down at 12:01 A.M. on Tuesday airports will be open, the U.S. Postal Service will still deliver the mail and Social Security checks will still go out.

But during a shutdown, you won't be able to get a new or replacement Social Security card.

See also: Obama blames house GOP for imminent shutdown

The Hurricane Hunters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or NOAA will continue working, as they're deemed necessary to protect life and property.

But at the Internal Revenue Service, audits will be suspended while walk-in assistance centers and telephone hotlines will be closed.

So too will museums in Washington D.C. like the Smithsonian and national parks like the Dry Tortugas and Everglades. USA Today reports national parks will close immediately, but campers already at the parks will be given two days to leave.

See Also: 5 things to know about the government shutdown

If you need a passport, some experts say hurry because they may only be processed until funds run out. Federal bankruptcy courts will also only operate until existing money dries up, which could be just business 10 days.

Unemployment benefits will still be paid, food stamps will still be available and federal prisons will be staffed.

However some federally backed loans will be frozen, e-Verify will be shut down and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms will stop processing new gun permits.

See also: Shutdown would be felt far beyond Capitol Hill 

Finally during a shutdown the IRS will still collect taxes and both the President and Congress will keep getting paid.

If you want to contact your Congressman:

Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R), Dist. 12: 
2313 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-5755
Fax: 202-225-4085

Rep. C.W. Bill Young (R), Dist. 13:
2407 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-5961
Fax: (202) 225-9764

Rep. Kathy Castor (D), Dist. 14:
205 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202)225-3376
Fax: (202)225-5652

Rep. Dennis Ross (R), Dist. 15:
229 Cannon HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-1252 
Fax: (202) 226-0585

Rep. Vern Buchanan (R), Dist. 16:
2104 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-5015
Fax: (202) 226-0828

Sen. Marco Rubio (R)
284 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington DC, 20510
Phone: 202-224-3041

Sen. Bill Nelson (D)
United States Senate
716 Senate Hart Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: 202-224-5274
Fax: 202-228-2183

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