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Christmas has come and gone by now, however one thing that has only been beginning is the partial government shutdown.
Last Wednesday marked the first full business day that multiple government agencies have shut down. They closed their doors over last weekend due to a budgetary stalemate between Congress and President Donald Trump. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight.
Thus far, both public and federal workers are largely spared from this inconvenience and hardship mainly due to being told they were excused from work on Christmas Eve and Christmas day, both federal holidays. The shutdown started at midnight on Friday, December 21.
When asked about this, Trump said that the closed government agencies will remain closed until Democrats have agreed to build a wall between the US-Mexican border. This was a goal Trump has had since the campaign trail, and now he’s satisfied with anything that’ll result in a wall being built. The reason Trump is adamant about the wall is that it’ll help in stopping drugs as well as human trafficking from flowing between those borders.
When he was asked about when the departments would be reopened, Trump couldn’t say anything.
“I can’t tell you when the government’s going to be open. I can tell you it’s not going to be open until we have a wall or fence, whatever they’d like to call,” Trump said. Either way, it may be a while as Democrats have expressed their opposition towards building a wall along the border.
Furthermore, Democrats are against spending any kind of money on this wall. Instead, they are looking towards putting money towards fencing or using technology to better control access across the border. That, however, seems like an excuse to Trump who says they’re only against it because he wants one.
But the wall is nothing new at all. What’s really caused the shutdown was how much spending is needed. This is what sparked the partial government shutdown, as roughly 25 percent of the government’s departments and agencies had a lapse in funding.
As a result, roughly 800,000 workers were affected, most of whom are working, but aren’t getting paid at all until after the shutdown.
Trump claims that these workers have expressed Trump to stay out until he gets funding for the wall, but that is hard to say if that’s true. Trump didn’t say he was hearing from any federal workers at all outside of those he’s appointed himself or work in the White House. Furthermore, a look to social media one will find many rank-and-file workers talking about financial hardships that they’ll face as a result of this shutdown.