What is a government shutdown?
A government shutdown occurs when Congress refuses to pass, or the President fails to sign an appropriation legislation which is responsible for the provision of funds for running government organisations and agencies. This shutdown is the third to occur under the Trump-led administration this year.
Why did this shutdown occur?
The Trump presidency’s unmet demands for Congress to pass for the release of $5 billion dollars to fund the construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall caused the president to refuse to sign the appropriations legislation at a meeting with minority leader Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. The Congress also does not seem to be in any hurry to provide the funding as the project is vehemently opposed by the Democratic caucus.
Who is responsible?
Prior to the occurrence of the shutdown President Trump said in a meeting that he was “proud to shut down the government for border security.”
However in the aftermath of it’s occurrence fingers have been pointed in both directions for what seems to be quickly evolving into one of the longest shutdowns in U.S. history. The President says however, that he is willing and ready to negotiate with the Democrats to resolve the impasse that has placed the lives of over 40,000 government workers in limbo
How can it be resolved.
Till one party decides to accede to the will of the other it is unlikely that the shutdown will be resolved. However, the Democratic caucus of the Congress have come up with a plan of funding border security which, however, does not include a provision for the border wall. At this point it is hard to predict as to whether the president will be disposed to accepting the revised bill.
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