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Because of the federal shutdown, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has instructed states to issue February’s Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) benefits by Sunday, Jan. 20.

Food stamp recipients should be aware that since there will be no FNS benefits issued in the month of February, they should plan accordingly.

If the federal shutdown continues, funding for FNS, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and the Women, Infants and Children program (WIC) could run out after February.

The President of the United States ordered a government shutdown to force democrats to agree to a $5.3 billion border wall on the United States Mexico border.

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The government shutdown cuts off funding to many federal agencies. There are hundreds of thousands of government employees not being paid due to the shutdown.

The shutdown will continue until the President and the House of Representatives can come to an agreement.

The President has the power to order emergency funds to build the border wall, and he has threatened to do that. In that case the shutdown would end.