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on the government shutdown

Since Dec. 22, the U.S. government has been partially shutdown as President Donald Trump and Democrats continue to disagree over the creation of a U.S.-Mexico border wall. President Trump insists on funding $5 billion dollars into the development of the wall and said Monday, Jan. 14, he will not declare a national emergency. On the other side, Democrats refuse to agree to any new money for the wall.

This shutdown is the longest recording government shutdown in U.S. history, accumulating up to 27 days. Throughout the time period, 800,000 federal workers have been without pay.

A few key moments so far:

Dec. 22President Donald Trump partially shutdown the government in order to receive support for the creation of the U.S.-Mexico border wall.


Jan. 4 Sen. Lindsey O. Graham suggests to President Trump that he should allow the government to temporarily reopen. President Trump rejects the offer, and said “I want to get it solved [now]. I don’t want to delay it.”


Jan. 16The House OKs Democratic bill to reopen the government. The bill outlines government reopening through Feb. 8 and asks for $14 billion in emergency spending for recent hurricanes, wildfires and other natural disasters. The House approved the bill 237-187, but appears dead in the Senate. The White House said President Trump                                          will veto the bill if it comes to him.

Also on Jan. 16, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked President Trump to postpone his State of the Union speech. Pelosi said President Trump should either speak to Congress another time or deliver the address in writing. The speech was scheduled for Jan. 29. President Trump and the White House has yet to offer a response.

What are your thoughts on the government shutdown and how is it affecting the country?

“I think that the government shutdown must be ended as soon as possible. The democrats and the republicans have a common goal of increasing border security but are just arguing about the best method to do that. I don’t think this argument is worthy of sacrificing the pay of many workers that really don’t have much to do with the issue.” Ben Xu, 9
“In my opinion the government shutdown is like a ridiculous thing that is happening and if people who are blue collar workers continue to vote for Donald Trump after this, I’m going to be pretty confused, I’m just saying, because they are not getting their paychecks.” Leela Cullity Younger, 11
“My feeling with it is that Trump is being a little bit of a child with it because his reasoning was ‘oh you don’t want to help me fund the wall, ok then I’m not going to do anything, I’m going to shut the government down.’ So that’s making me feel like he’s acting too much like a child and he’s kind of showing that he isn’t ready to be president.” Madison Rice, 12
“Because the people who work in the government aren’t getting paid, like they are working and not getting paid.” Gillian Lancaster, 11

Photos by Atiyah Lane

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