The Government Shutdown of 2018
The United States of America was founded on the basic principles of a strong government. Society today functions the way it does because the country has the ability to fall back on what most consider to be a generally reliable and democratic government. That being said, a government shutdown is unfortunately not something people should fail to think about. No one and no organization are perfect.
When the government shuts down, it is the “closure of nonessential offices of the government due to lack of approval on the federal budget for the upcoming fiscal year.”
It is more than clear that the entire county will be affected in some way when the government shuts down. A government shutdown deals with the closure of nonessential offices of the government because of a lack of approval on the federal budget for the approaching fiscal year. Approval is reached if Congress passes all of the spending bills in reference to the federal budget.
However, if Congress is not able to come to an agreement, a government shutdown will occur causing many operations run federally to close, halting work for federal employees unless they are considered essential. Some organizations will stay open for a while running on cash reserves but once they run out, they too will close if a solution is not found.
The government shutdown of 2018 was caused because, in so many words, Congress was not able to pass a new government funding law before the old one had expired. However, after looking further into the matter, it was made clear that the Democrats and Republicans had a long-winded debate over immigration that finally spilled over and ended up causing a lack of government funding.
Democrats want to take a stand and have Republican leaders make a deal giving protection to thousands of people facing deportation. Many of those people are unauthorized immigrants who were brought to the United States as children and would fall under the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival) program. However, the Trump administration decided to end this program, leaving many young immigrants who grew up believing themselves to be citizens of the United States without legal protection. Until progress on creating a deal protecting DACA recipients is made, most Democrats have decided to withhold their support from government funding bills.
That being said, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell publically made a statement offering to continue government funding for two and a half more weeks. He then went on to say that if no deal on DACA is reached before that time, it is his intention to bring up a bill on immigration soon after. Shortly after this statement was made, Charles “Chuck” Schumer, the Senate Minority Leader and Chair of the Senate Democratic Policy Committee, announced that he and the Democrats would take the offer and reopen the government. A bill to do so was passed and received Trump’s signature, thus leaving the government open and giving Americans hope for resolution.