The United States Government Shutdown of 2018 has entered its second week, and there are almost no signs of the government reopening unless Democrats and Republicans can work together.
The shutdown, for President Trump and Republicans, is based on one primary reason; funding for the wall and the ability to change some laws surrounding border security.
Securing the Southern border was a critical issue which helped push President Donald J. Trump into the White House. In fact, during President Trump’s inauguration, the then-candidate took his oath to Office on a Bible and what he called ‘the first brick of the wall.’
In order for the government to “re-open” a deal must be made between the Democrats and Republicans surrounding the hot-button issue. As of December 29th, 2018, brief sessions are set to take place in the Senate and the House on Monday, December 31st, 2018. However, there are no votes scheduled to take place, meaning that the shutdown will carry on into the New Year.
Leaders in the House and Senate have initiated negotiations with the Trump administration in an attempt to come to an agreement. However, President Trump is taking a hardline stance against any attempt at a deal that does not include funding.
Further, on Friday the President issued statements warning that he would completely close the border with Mexico unless Democrats provide funding for the wall and assist in changing key immigration laws.
Also, the government shutdown itself could last for several weeks mainly because Republicans control the House, the Senate, and the White House. However, on January 3rd, 2019 Democrats take control of the House which could further prolong the possibility of an agreement.
Furthermore, the House and Senate should be orchestrating a deal; however, several key leaders have gone on vacation. Meanwhile, thousands of Federal Employees are working unpaid or have been placed on Furlough. The shutdown affects nine of the 15 federal departments, dozens of agencies, and hundreds of thousands of workers. Among the departments without funding are Justice, Homeland Security, Interior, and Treasury. Independent agencies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission, are also affected.
Update; White House Adds To List Of Border Demands As Shutdown Continues
January 7th, 2019 0754 EST
White House Officials stated on Sunday that there has been minimal progress regarding the Government Shutdown. President Trump is requesting $5.7 billion for the Border Wall and adding to the list of requests the following;
- $800 million in aid to address humanitarian needs at the border, including better medical care and additional facilities for processing and holding those in temporary custody
- $563 million for 75 additional immigration judges and support staff to “reduce the backlog of pending immigration cases.”
- $211 million to hire an additional 750 Border Patrol Agents
- $4.2 billion to support 52,000 detention beds
V.P. Mike Pence and group had a productive meeting with the Schumer/Pelosi representatives today. Many details of Border Security were discussed. We are now planning a Steel Barrier rather than concrete. It is both stronger & less obtrusive. Good solution, and made in the U.S.A.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2019