The Godzilla of Government Shutdowns

Kylie Miller, Staff

Over the last four weeks the government has been shutdown. As of Saturday the 22nd, the shutdown was named the longest in America’s history, shattering Bill Clinton’s 21 day shutdown and the Trump shutdown is still going strong with no end in sight.  

Stopping the reopening of the government is President Trump and the Democrats. The President is demanding 5.7 billion taxpayer dollars to support his wall at the border between Mexico and the US and the Democrats are holding steady against the Presidents demands.

The government shutdown affects around 25% of the federal government and currently due to the government shutdown over 800,000 federal workers are not receiving a paycheck for the fourth week in a row. In fact, federal workers are beginning to quit their jobs in order to provide to their families. The Union has begun to take action, going as far as to sue the Trump administration, claiming it is illegal to require government workers to work with no pay. This lawsuit could have detrimental affects not just on the shutdown but, on the whole Trump administration.

Neither the President nor the Democrats seem willing to compromise and without a compromise workers will continue to not receive a pay and soon enough all the workers will quit anyway. There is no clear end of this shutdown in sight, according to Chuck Schumer, President Trump could, “Keep the government closed for a very long period of time, months or even years.” So get comfy America.