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    INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL

    The State Department would continue processing foreign applications for visas and U.S. applications for passports, since fees are collected to finance those services. Embassies and consulates overseas would continue to provide services to American citizens.
    Amanda McCoy | MCT file
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    BENEFIT PAYMENTS

    Social Security and Medicare benefits would keep coming, but there could be delays in processing new disability applications. Unemployment benefits would still go out.
    Renée C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
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    MAIL

    Deliveries would continue as usual because the U.S. Postal Service receives no tax dollars for day-to-day operations. It relies on income from stamps and other postal fees to keep running.
    Jeff Siner | MCT
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    FOOD SAFETY

    The Food and Drug Administration would handle high-risk recalls suspend most routine safety inspections. Federal meat inspections would be expected to proceed as usual.
    Debbie Noda | Modesto Bee
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    HEAD START

    A small number of Head Start programs, about 20 out of 1,600 nationally, would feel the impact right away. The federal Administration for Children and Families says grants expiring about Oct. 1 would not be renewed. Over time more programs would be affected. Several of the Head Start programs that would immediately feel the pinch are in Florida. It's unclear if they would continue serving children.
    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
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    HOMELAND SECURITY

    The majority of the Department of Homeland Security's employees are expected to stay on the job, including uniformed agents and officers at the country's borders and ports of entry, members of the Coast Guard, Transportation Security Administration officers, Secret Service personnel and other law enforcement agents and officers. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services employees would continue to process green card applications.
    AndrÈ Chung | MCT
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    PRISONS

    All 116 federal prisons would remain open, and criminal litigation would proceed.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
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    VETERANS SERVICES

    Most services offered through the Department of Veterans Affairs will continue because lawmakers approve money one year in advance for the VA's health programs. Veterans would still be able to visit hospitals for inpatient care, get mental health counseling at vet centers or get prescriptions filled at VA health clinics. Operators would still staff the crisis hotline and claims workers would still process payments to cover disability and pension benefits. But those veterans appealing the denial of disability benefits to the Board of Veterans Appeals will have to wait longer for a decision because the board would not issue any decisions during a shutdown.
    JOHN WALKER | THE FRESNO BEE
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    WORK SAFETY

    Federal occupational safety and health inspectors would stop workplace inspections except in cases of imminent danger.
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