Will the government shut down? Again!



At midnight EST on December 22, 2018, a partial government shutdown was enacted. The reason for this shutdown was because the Senate refused to relent into the president’s demand to provide more funding to build a wall on the Mexico–United States border. This shutdown ended on January 25, 2019, after Donald Trump signed a bill to open the government. Unfortunately, Trump has threatened to shut down the government again but should he even have the power to do such an act?

The 2018-2019 government shutdown started when President Trump demanded $5 billion to build a wall on the southern US border which was played a keystone role in his election campaign. However, Democrats felt strongly against the building of the wall and rejected the request of funds. This caused the shutdown, and it has affected around 800,000 federal employees, and many of these people live paycheck-to-paycheck.

President Trump has a vision of 21-century border security which will require a considerable amount of funding to support improvements in technology, infrastructure, personnel, and physical barriers. This vision will cost billions of dollars and multiple years to ultimately come to life. Trump was willing to negotiate to end the government shutdown for any deal that would provide him $5 billion to fully fund his pet project. But is the wall Trump wants to build worth the possible harm to hundreds of thousands of families?

Although the shutdown occurred a month ago, it isn’t just a mere memory to some. What is known as a national embarrassment to many is known as the source of their financial harm. While the absence of income could be afforded to miss a paycheck, others faced permanent damage as they weren’t able to pay rent or mortgage payments even if workers got paid back later. An estimate by the Congressional Budget Office concluded that the US lost around $3 billion during this argument. Thankfully, the president eventually reopened the government on January 25, 2019, before any further harm occurred.

Another partial government shutdown was avoided as President Donald Trump signed a compromise border security measure. Trump wasn’t happy about this agreement as it only provided $1.375 billion for the border barrier whereas Trump initially demanded $5 billion. However, he used executive action and declared a national emergency to use $8 billion for his pet project which has caused some dispute.

Even Trump supporter, Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander, opposes Trump’s decision. Lamar Alexander asked that Trump should try to find other sources of money to build a border wall. The reason behind Alexander’s request is to avoid the controversy of a president going directly against Congress by using the emergency declaration.

President Donald Trump has pushed his power of being the president too far. There should be limits regarding a government shutdown and a declaration of a national emergency. All anyone can do is hope that this situation will be under control soon.