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No, the speaker of the House does not have to be from the majority party
No, the shutdown deal did not include a pay raise for Congress
The 45-day spending agreement to avoid a government shutdown was amended to specifically prevent members of Congress from receiving cost-of-living increases.
5 Fast Facts about the speaker of the House
On Oct. 3, the House of Representatives ousted Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) as speaker. Here’s what we can VERIFY about the leadership position.
No, the Oct. 4 emergency alert test won’t damage devices
FEMA's nationwide emergency alert test is not new nor does it force devices to connect with or send information to the government.
Yes, the FDA is considering a ban on menthol cigarette sales
The FDA has been working toward a menthol cigarette ban since 2009, over the course of three presidential administrations.
Driver’s licenses and IDs don’t allow undocumented immigrants to vote in federal elections
Several VERIFY readers asked if undocumented immigrants receive ID cards or driver’s licenses, and whether they can vote as a result. Here’s what we found.
Undocumented immigrants don’t get driver’s licenses when they cross the border
VERIFY explains how undocumented immigrants can receive driver’s licenses in some states and whether this makes them eligible to vote.
Whether you can stay anonymous after winning the Powerball or Mega Millions jackpot depends on where you bought the ticket
State laws determine the rules regarding anonymity for winners. These 17 states allow you to not reveal your identity publicly.
Yes, Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom can fill Feinstein’s seat with an interim appointment
Senator Dianne Feinstein, the longest-serving woman in the Senate, has died at 90. Her death has some wondering how her seat will be filled. Here are the rules.
Yes, food stamps could run out during a government shutdown
The USDA predicts that SNAP and WIC benefits in some areas could run out in as little as a few days if the government shuts down.
Yes, you are still responsible for paying your student loans during a government shutdown
Student loan repayments will resume in October — and interest will continue to accrue — even if the federal government shuts down.
Yes, veterans will still get disability, pension benefits during government shutdown
While much of the government will run out of funding without a new budget, several veterans programs are still funded for another year.
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