Government Shutdown

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Abra Lisowski

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Government Shutdown

On Saturday, December 22, 2018, the United States government entered into what has now become the longest shutdown in U.S. history. This came after President Trump and the United States Congress could not agree on an appropriations bill for the 2019 fiscal year. The main conflict occurred surrounding the president’s insistence on $5.7 billion for a border wall with Mexico.

Many federal workers are being forced to work without paychecks, which is making it difficult for them to pay bills. About 800,000 federal employees were initially either furloughed or forced to work without pay, and while many of these furloughed employees have since been recalled, they are still working without pay.

On Friday, January 25, the government reopened after 35 days, the longest in history. However, following the shutdown, President Trump has said that he will shut the government back down again if he does not receive money for the border wall by February 15.

Since reopening, House Democrats have begun pushing for new legislation such as a pay raise for federal employees and a bill to close the wage gap between men and women, which they’ve been fighting for for years.

Students at Cleveland Heights have also weighed in on the frustrating shutdown and how it has affected the country. Junior Madalyn Shelt has followed politics throughout her life and has been especially interested lately due to the shutdown. She says the most frustrating part of the shutdown was that “Trump gave no consideration for the children and family members of the furloughed employees who need the money. It’s not right.” Shelt said it was frustrating that people also didn’t have access to certain government services such as national parks, government-issued loans and more.

Overall, politicians and civilians across the board suffered from this shutdown. Senator Susan Collins, a Republican from Maine, stated on Sunday, “I don’t know how any member of the administration or of Congress could think that a shutdown was a worthy pursuit. It never is.”

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