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Our government has shut down, what does that mean for us?

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On midnight, Saturday, December 22nd of 2018, the second government shutdown of the year started. The issue with it? The new year has started and it’s still in effect. As of January 14th, 2019, the shutdown has reached 24 days and has broken the record as the longest federal government shutdown in U.S. history. However, politicians are still clocking into work everyday and so are we. Nothing seems out of the ordinary, but in reality, time has stopped in the White House.

So, what does a government shutdown mean? The answer can vary depending on the length of the shutdown itself, but a government shutdown occurs when the federal budget for the next fiscal year has not been approved by congress. This can cause many federal offices (such as the Unite States Department of Agriculture,  United States Postal Services, etc.) to start running on cash reserves while nonessential government offices must shut down temporarily. Once the cash reserves become nearly empty, some federal workers and government employees may go weeks without getting their paycheck, and may even end in temp. closure of important offices. This has already occurred in the 2018-2019 shutdown with FDA Food Inspections having come to a complete halt. If the government shutdown continues into February, it is possible that food stamps for March and onward could be cut or completely null. Mail will continue to be delivered while gun permits will not be issued during the shutdown.

With nearly 400,000 federal employees working without pay, while Congress has passed a bill to reimburse federal exempt employees, many contract workers will have to carry on without compensation, people have started questioning WHY this has happened and WHEN this will end. The source of the government shutdown can be sourced to a bill passed in the summer of 2018, approving the budget for the departments of Defense, Labor, Education, and Health & Human services as well as funding for the wall, an estimated $1.6 billion dollars. The funding would continue until December 21st, and on the 11th of that month, Trump met with Congressional Democrats to raise a minimum of $5 billion dollars of spending for the wall before he approved the budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The Democrats offered $1.3 billion dollars instead and Trump promised to compromise. Unfortunately, plans changed and the president chose not to sign the Senate-approved bill on the 19th. The House of Representatives then tried to pass a bill that included funding for the wall, but it quickly became clear that it may not happen. The Senate tried to pass a new bill and failed. The following day, on the 20th of December, when it became clear no spending bill for the next year was to be passed, the government shut down.

This is not the first time the government has shut down. In the years of 1981, 1984 and 1986, during Reagan’s presidency, the government shut down for around a day each year respectively. The government then shut down for a weekend in 1990, under H.W. Bush’s presidency, and the following shutdowns occurred in 1995 and 1996, under Bill Clinton, the second lasting 21 days and having been the longest one before Trump’s. The most recent shutdown was in 2013, under Obama, for 16 days. All of these shutdowns had similar results from different causes: Congress, the Senate, or the House disagree for too long and, as a result, face massive disruptions.

So, what happens now? If Trump decides to recede on his previous promises for bigger spending on a wall for the southern border, the Democrats may be able to pass a spending bill and the government would exit the shutdown. Trump, however, is intent on procuring a bigger budget for border security and many in the White House are opposing him. Unless a compromise is reached or if either the President or Congress back down from their standings and allow the other to get what they need; the government shutdown could last days, weeks, possibly months longer. With Trump’s rigid stance on immigration and desire to fulfill promises, the stalemate could continue indefinitely.

Trump is faced with a difficult decision now: Restore the government & the economy for federal workers or uphold the promises he’s made in office and push forward for immigration control. As the White House stays in frozen state, unable to push forward on other pressing matters, Americans will have to wait and see when we come out of this shutdown, predicted to be sometime before March if a compromise can be reached. Otherwise, Washington may remain in a deadlock for an indefinite amount of time.

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Hugo Vizcaya-Zingg is a Junior at RHS and the Copy-Editor for the 2018-2019 Stinger Staff.

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