Government Shuts Down; Is Back Up


US Capitol in D.C.. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

After a three day long stalemate in the United States Government over funding, the feud is over and funds are replenished until February 8.

On Saturday, January 20, the government was shut down due to disagreements between parties in Congress over funding. On Monday, January 22, Congress passed a vote of 266-159 in favor of reopening the government. The vote to progress on Monday was stopped by Democrats who were in disagreement about young citizens being affected by the Differed Action for Childhood Arrivals program which was started in the Obama era to protect over 800,000 illegal immigrants. Trump plans on removing this program in the near future.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell assured that this disagreement is not a battle between parties and nobody has their own agenda.

“I respect the passion that many of my friends in this chamber, Democrat and Republican alike bring to the major issue before the Senate, all of these issues,” McConnell told CNN. “But we should not let the political feuds or policy disagreements obscure the simple fact that every member of this body cares deeply about the challenges facing our country.”

Congress is still torn over immigration issues, with most Democrats voting against extending the funds, but an agreement was found so hundreds of thousands of people could return to their jobs. Also, Senator Mitch McConnell pledged to allow an immigration vote in the upcoming weeks, which will settle the fate of the “Dreamers,” or undocumented immigrants. In order for a resolution on this issue to be resolved, President Trump will have to intervene with a plan for immigrants. It appears that there is intent on the strategy of building a wall.

“Big win for Republicans as Democrats cave on Shutdown,” Trump tweeted on January 22 after the shutdown ended. “Now I want a big win for everyone, including Republicans, Democrats and DACA, but especially for our Great Military and Border Security. Should be able to get there. See you at the negotiating table!”

Democrats and Chuck Schumer are not backing down and have differing opinions from President Trump.

“The wall is off the table,” Shumer, a New York Senator and leader of the Democratic Party told reporters at the Capitol.

In order to reopen the government, McConnell offered a “fair and equal” debate on the Senate floor about immigration.

President Trump remains confident in his wall tactic.

“Cryin’ Chuck Schumer fully understands, especially after his humiliating defeat, that if there is no Wall, there is no DACA,” Trump tweeted on January 23rd. “We must have safety and security, together with a strong Military, for our great people!”

The last government shutdown prior to 2018 started on October 1, 2013 and ended on October 17, 2013. The deadlock centered on the Continuing Appropriations Resolution, which was passed by the House of Representatives on September 20, 2013. The Senate declined to pass the bill with measures to delay the Affordable Care Act, and the two legislative houses did not develop a compromise bill by the end of September 30, 2013, causing the federal government to shut down due to a lack of appropriated funds at the start of the new 2014 federal fiscal year.