So we now have a shut down. Did the world end? Did millions die? Has the Revolution began? All No’s. So what happens next?
The Senate is still negotiating. Both sides are still talking. This from budget chief Mulvaney. “Although we are hopeful that this lapse in appropriations will be of short duration, employees should report to work for their next regularly scheduled tour of duty to undertake orderly shutdown activities. We will issue another memorandum reopening government functions once the President has signed a bill providing for appropriations,” he wrote.
It all comes down to one man in the Senate. Charles Schumer. That according to House Majority leader Kevin McCarthy . “Does Schumer want to shut the government down or does he want to make sure we find a compromise? Just a couple of weeks ago he was fine with doing border security. And now he’s got a problem with it?” McCarthy said. Now Senator Mitch McConnell refuses to use the nuclear option where only a simple majority is needed. Many say that even with it he doesn’t have the 60 votes.
With both House and Senate adjourning the shutdown went into effect. Both will resume today but it does look as if nothing may be accomplished even though Senator McConnell said progress is being made. But here’s what Pelosi and Shumer said in a joint statement.
“Regrettably, America has now entered a Trump Shutdown,” the Democrats wrote. “Republicans control the House, the Senate, and the White House. But instead of honoring his responsibility to the American people, President Trump threw a temper tantrum and convinced House Republicans to push our nation into a destructive Trump Shutdown in the middle of the holiday season. President Trump has said more than 25 times that he wanted a shutdown and now he has gotten what he wanted. This doesn’t look like progress to me. I wish both sides luck but it’s obvious that there is no give and take.
In closing here’s what’s affected according to the Hill.
The Cabinet-level departments closing are Agriculture, Commerce, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Justice, State, Transportation and Treasury. But essential personnel are still required to work without pay. Nearly 90 percent of the Homeland Security staff is deemed essential. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents, air traffic controllers and border security agents would also be required to work through a shutdown – though they might not get a paycheck right away.
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