SPOKANE, Wash. -- The government shutdown has a lot of people worried about their Social Security benefits and workers at the local Social Security office are worried about their jobs.
People who receive social security will still get their checks but many feel unsure.
Jeffery Smith has epilepsy and gets $710 a month in Social Security Disability. Smith wonders if that check will actually show up now that the government is shutdown.
“They can get off their high faluten horses as I call it and get the job done,” said Smith.
On Wednesday, a group was outside of the local Social Security office, at Iron Bridge and Trent, protesting the shutdown.The protestors all work for the Social Security Administration. They said they feel like political pawns in a political game and want the shutdown to end.
“We can only work certain work loads but at this time we can guarantee they’ll get their checks. But we cannot guarantee any backloads, we can’t guarantee anything will be processed timely,” said Social Security Claims Taker, Ana Rivers.
Administrators say to be patient if you have business at the Social Security office. You can call 1-866-331-5532 and they will answer your questions as long as they are working.