Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Government Shutdown Continues through Holiday

Drew Thies

The Federal Government remained partially shut down through the Christmas holiday due to disagreements between President Donald Trump and Democrats over funding for a border wall. The Senate is adjourned until Dec. 27, at which point negotiations will resume.

Trump reiterated his position on Christmas during conversations with the press. “I can’t tell you when the government is going to reopen,“ Trump said.

Nine departments are closed: Agriculture, Commerce, Justice, Homeland Security, Interior, State, Transportation, Treasury and Housing and Urban Development. Starting today, 800,000 government employees who are not deemed "essential" will either be furloughed or forced to work without pay until a funding bill is passed. A list of affected services can be found here.

Last week, the House approved a Trump-backed measure that would fund the government and include $5 billion for a border wall. The Senate passed a temporary funding bill that would keep government funding levels the same through February. The House never took up the bill with limited wall funding and the Senate adjourned before the two chambers could come to an agreement.

Trump tweeted that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell should use the so-called “nuclear option” and eliminate the Senate filibuster for legislation, but no such rule change was ever made. Any government funding measure will at least need partial support of Democrats to pass the Senate.

Democrats will take control of the House on Jan. 3, at which point they could pass the Senate-approved funding bill or a similar compromise. Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, who is expected to become Speaker of the House under Democratic control, said the first priority for the new session will be funding the government.

No comments:

Post a Comment