CREATED Oct. 17, 2013
INDIO - During the partial government shutdown, some Social Security services were not offered such as issuing new or replacement cards as well as providing proof of income letters. The offices remained opened, but the services were cut.
While this may have created a backlog in the system, many local residents say they're thankful the shutdown didn't continue any longer.
"The working-class people we live paycheck to paycheck, month to month, so we're just blessed that there was maybe divine intervention that caused cooler heads to prevail," said Gerald Pulley, a resident of La Quinta.
The Bipartisan Policy Center
predicted that if the government shutdown continued, Social Security benefits would have been delayed by days.