“It all feels so unreal,” said a seventeen year old high school student when questioned about the government shutdown. The United States government has been shut down for a month and counting, angering countless people in the nation. From tension igniting between Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Donald Trump to millions of people across the country who are currently working without pay, the government shutdown has without a doubt been one of the nation’s most spoken
Twenty-five days. That’s how long the U.S. government has been shut down over President Trump’s unmet demand that Congress supply $5.7 billion to be spent on a Southern border wall. These funds were expected by December 21, 2018 in order for the new federal spending legislation to be passed and for business to go on as usual. However, since Democrats, Republicans and Trump could not agree to any compromises concerning “The Wall” or its budget before this date, Trump
On Monday afternoon, the Senate passed the three-week spending bill with a vote of 81 to 18. The House approved it that evening, providing additional government funding until Feb. 8. The bill now heads to the Oval Office desk for the President’s signature. Democrats originally held back their votes Friday in an attempt to incite legislation on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy (DACA). The program protects individuals who were brought to the U.S.
The Senate adjourned Sunday night without agreeing on a resolution, extending the government shutdown into the third day. “We have yet to reach an agreement on a path forward that is acceptable to both sides,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer stated. The Senate will continue to work towards a compromise before voting Monday. A bipartisan group of senators seemed to be progressing towards a compromise on Sunday, pushing for a plan to keep the government open
Despite initially denying it upon reporter prompting, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie spent yesterday with his family at Island Beach State Park amidst a state government shutdown closing all of New Jersey’s parks to the public. When asked about whether he “got any sun today” at a press conference that same day, Christie negated the suggestion. Upon being prompted by the beach situation, however, Christie’s spokesman, Brian Murray, upheld the governor’s statement to be true because