The Latest Update of US Government Shutdown
On Monday, 14 January 2019 the US government shutdown has entered the 24th day and become the longest in the history of the United States. How this happened and what is the latest update of this crisis?
How did this start?
On December 22nd, 2018 the deadlock happened due to the argument from Democrats and President Trump regarding the budget. President Trump wants US$ 5,7 billion to be included in the budget to build a wall along the Mexican border which was his promise during his presidential campaign even though he mentioned that Mexico will pay for this wall instead of the United States.
Democrats don’t agree with Trump’s request for adding the funding for the wall in the budget. This is the second shutdown happened in Trump’s presidency, the first shutdown happened in January 2018. Even though the second shutdown not affecting some departments, but it becomes the longest shutdown in the US government compared to the 1995-1996 shutdown which occurred for 21 days.
Senator Lindsey Graham has advised President Trump to reopen the governments
Senator Lindsey Graham who is the Senate Judiciary Committee as well a senior US Republican has urged President Donald Trump to reopen the government temporarily so the negotiations could start again between two parties. He also mentioned if the negotiations still not giving the result of the funding of the wall, the White House could declare a national emergency. This could cause significant negative political consequences.
The Latest Update
In January 2019, President Trump denied that he never said Mexico would fund the wall. He stated if he said these words, people from should realize that he meant it would be an indirect payment. President Trump appeared to not materialize the national emergency declaration but there will be a possibility that he will use the funds of disaster relief funds in Puerto Rico, Florida, Texas and California which were being reserved.
How it Affect the US Economy
Since the government shutdown happened on December 2018, there were 800,000 federal workers had salaries cut at the end of 2018. In January 2019, there is a quarter of the federal government couldn’t operate as normal and 350,000 workers are a temporary lay-off. Around thousands of US citizens have begun to apply for the unemployment benefits since they are facing financial uncertainty.
Until yesterday, January 13, 2018, there are no negotiations happened to reopen the government and the solutions are still not clear regarding this crisis. There is a possibility that the government shutdown could continue at least until the end of February.