Budget experts say it's unlikely that Social Security and veterans checks would stop coming during a government shutdown. Bradley C Bower/AP hide caption

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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada (left), shown earlier this month, and former House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt (D-MO), pictured on Jan. 4, 1996, speak with the media about the policies related to government shutdowns. Alex Wong/Getty Images (left)/Ron Edmonds/AP (right) hide caption

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