The House Veterans Affairs Committee holds a hearing on the effects of the government shutdown, with testimony from Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki.
In his opening statement, Sec. Shinseki told the committee that he would be unable to issue benefits checks on November 1, if the government has not reopened by that time. He noted that many of his furloughed employees are Veterans, so not only are they not receiving a paycheck, but now their disability benefits may be in jeopardy.
Shinseki testifies on the programs and employees that have been delayed or furloughed due to the government shutdown, now in its 9th day. The House has passed a series of small bills that would reopen parts of the government, including veterans benefits. The Senate has not taken up any of those bills.