Government Shutdown Persists

By Camryn Brakmann, Reporter

As the government shutdown stretches on, little has changed since neither Democrats or Republicans plan to budge on the matter of fund allocation.

The cause of the government shutdown goes back to President Donald Trump’s plan for a border wall between the United States and Mexico.

In a Consumer News and Business Channel article titled, “Here’s Who the Partial Government Shutdown Affects,” Kevin Breuninger goes into Trump’s expectations.

“Trump wants $5 billion in funding to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, and said he would be ‘proud’ to shut the government down if Congress doesn’t accede to his demand,” wrote Breuninger.

The Capitol is working on a resolution to the government shutdown that both the Senate and the House can agree upon.
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Trump does not intend to fund any bills that do not allocate enough money for the wall.

Additionally, the Senate does not plan to consider any House bills that do not provide the amount of money desired by Trump.

Within Vox’s article, “Democrats have a plan to reopen the government. Republicans aren’t interested,” Li Zhou explains the stalemate.

“Democrats . . . can force through a vote on measures that the previous Republican House refused to consider. In the Senate as well, Trump will need Democratic buy-in, since any funding measure would require 60 votes to pass,” wrote Zhou.

While the Republican ruled Senate has no plans to give, neither does the Democratic House as they refuse to vote for any bill allowing for $5 billion to go to the border wall.

The government shutdown has continued for multiple weeks as a result of these conflicts.

Trump would prefer for the matter to be handled via negotiation, but he is willing to call a national emergency to ensure the wall’s construction.

In the National Public Radio article, “No Deal Out Of ‘Contentious’ Shutdown Meeting At The White House,” Brian Naylor and Scott Detrow communicate Trump’s plans regarding the wall and the shutdown.

“Trump ruled out reopening other parts of the government while the two sides negotiate over the wall, saying he didn’t want to do it piecemeal,” wrote Naylor and Detrow.

Around 800,000 government workers have been affected by the shutdown.

Approximately 420,000 people are working without pay for the time being as a quarter of the government is comprised of agencies without funding; the rest of the government is functioning normally because they were given funding for the fiscal year.

As a result of the government shutdown, National Park Service employees have not been able to work, causing related services to be closed.
Photograph by Mount Rainier National Park from Ashford, WA, United States [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Over 41,000 people at the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are without pay, as well as thousands of other law enforcement and correctional officers.

The affected groups also include 90 percent of Department of Homeland Security employees, 5,000 Forest Service firefighters, 3,600 National Weather Service forecasters and 54,000 people employed by Customs and Border Protection.

On top of this, another 380,000 federal workers are expected to be furloughed without pay.

Over 44,000 employees of the Forest and National Parks Service have been unable to work, as well as an additional 52,000 people from the Internal Revenue Service.

Nine government agencies are closed, overall, for the shutdown.

The shutdown is centered around one general idea but has stretched for a long period of time because both sides involved are determined to stay fixed in their plans, which is affecting people whose work does not directly relate to the initial matter.