My answer to Do politicians really care if the government shutdown happens since they will still be getting paid wi…
Answer by Ken Larson:
Astute politicians who know the law and how our system of government works certainly do care.
Many of the services upon which the politician relies, from transportation to security, from communication to keeping the lights on are funded annually by appropriations from Congress and are administered under federal government contracts.
When the government shuts down, contracting officers are required by law to begin writing stop work orders to contractors for unfunded services.
These contractors have the option to stop work and many do, bringing services to a stop. When the shutdown ends and the funding is restored they also have the right to submit a claim against the government for the addition cost of resuming work and delays in the period of performance.