Last updated on January 6th, 2019
President of the United States, Donald Trump, whose day begins with eroding more problems than he solves, is reportedly showing no signs to call off the partial shutdown of the US government. It is, about to roll into its eighth day, this Saturday.
Donald Trump has said that he will not sign any funding legislation sent by Congress, without the approval for $5bn for a wall on the border with Mexico. Democrats on the other hand, who take charge of the House of Representatives on 3 January, are clear on their terms and have stated the demand as irrational.
The current situation is more like passing the parcel in each other’s court, with a slim air of expectation that the other party would bow down, and accept the proposal. However, in the process, the Federal payments to some farmers, which were already badly hit by the US-China trade war, will be put on hold from next week resuming only after the government reopens. The work of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is also increasingly affected.
Trump has repeatedly called out for the need for border security and the Democrats’ have shown no interest in fulfilling the president’s demand. Trump issued a warning on Friday, stating that he would close the southern border entirely if possible.
On Friday, acting White House chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, told Fox News: “There’s not a single Democrat talking to the president of the United States about this deal.” He further emphasized that Democrats have monotonously stated that they do not need to talk, as they will take control by simply passing the legislation to fund the government, and leave behind bills such as wall funding.
The situation presently sees thousands of federal workers and contractors who have been forced to stay home or work without pay over Christmas. This has left the agencies with no option, but to provide at least basic services to its workers. The EPA on Friday said that it would keep the disaster-response teams and other essential workers on the job as it starts granting leaves to many of its 14,000 employees.
Besides, the Vital Department of Agriculture programs will also remain operational, however, the situation could change if the shutdown lasts for more than a few weeks. Other programs including WIC and school lunch programs will continue to run for now.
The shutdown is affecting almost every sector of the economy, but the stubborn child of the US Donald Trump, wants $5bn even if it comes at the cost of worsening the everyday life of people.