An End to the Government Shutdown… For Now

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An End to the Government Shutdown… For Now

Capitol Hill building during the shutdown.

Capitol Hill building during the shutdown.

Jim Lo Scalzo

Capitol Hill building during the shutdown.

Jim Lo Scalzo

Jim Lo Scalzo

Capitol Hill building during the shutdown.

Kyla Flor, Staff Writer

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After 35 days of being in a standstill, the President has temporarily reopened the government, leaving the border wall fight still unresolved. President Donald Trump signed a bill last Friday to reopen the government for three weeks, in hopes of gaining support for his long-sought wall and to allow government workers to get paid.

This bill will fund all the previously shuttered federal agencies as these employees have been working with no pay, but it will only be in effect until February 15. If an agreement is not reached before then, the government will shut down once more.

The 35 day shutdown started on December 22, 2018, coincidentally only two weeks before the Congress convened its first session. Since being sworn in, the Democratic congressional leaders have been calling for the end of the shutdown, insisting that it was unnecessary.

“We can’t properly set up our district offices, we can’t get laptops delivered, we can’t start doing the work that we were elected here to do. It takes the green stuff and those workers are furloughed,” Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said.

President Trump reopened the government for business but he is not backing down from the fight for the $5.6 billion to begin construction of the border wall. He insisted in a tweet late Friday that reopening the government was merely to protect the workers affected by the shutdown.

“This was in no way a concession. It was taking care of millions of people who were getting badly hurt by the Shutdown with the understanding that in 21 days, if no deal is done, it’s off to the races!” President Trump said.

But since the announcement of the reopening, President Trump has received backlash for not fulfilling his promises with the shutdown. Having yielded and submitted (for now) to the ever-growing pressure from the media without any strides forward, major supporters have lost hope in the cause.

The country must now wait and see if the President and the Congress can come to an agreement over this controversial wall and immigration. If not, then the U.S. might see a continuation of the longest government shutdown in history.

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