Sat 20 Jan, 2018 05:12 pm
Why doesn't it stop payment on U.S. debt?
Because there's a difference between dicking around and cutting your own throat? Seriously, these activities continue:
Activities related to national security (like the military services), safety and order (air traffic control, law enforcement) and medical care (veterans’ hospitals) are among the essential activities that carry on. So does the U.S. mail, since the Postal Service has its own funding stream. U.S. Treasury debt auctions continue, Social Security and Medicare checks get mailed, food stamps are distributed. Federal courts are open but their work is subject to disruption.