On January 20 - 22 the Government faced a huge debate and the houses were divided. Unfortunately, because they couldn’t yet come to an agreement and negotiate things, the Government shut down; don't fret this isn’t the first time this has happened. One of the first Government shutdowns was on December 16, 1995.
So, what happened to cause our recent shutdown?
The whole shutdown occurred after the Government's failure to pass legislation to fund government operations and agencies. It all developed when there was a debate on what actions should be taken involving DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) immigration policy. The discussion was about whether those covered by the program should face deportation.
What does this mean?
Other than the obvious issue of them trying to end DACA, because of the shutdown thousands of “non-essential” federal workers will be put to leave off work without pay until the funding is settled. The federal services being provided that are most affected are: The Military (having to work for no pay), Air traffic control (a specific area of work given the necessary personnel and equipment to monitor the air traffic), and Social Security (a service that serves to protect “life or human property”. None of these services will be paid or hired back until funding is fixed.
How long will it last?
Both governmental parties did come to the agreement that they would like to restart negotiation as quickly as possible.
What happens next?
The government will hold another meeting, which happened January 29, 2018, this Monday and after a firm debate, they were able to come to a conclusion and end the shutdown. The Senate voting 81-18 that they move forward and continue to negotiate on immigration and spending matters.
Story by Trinity Barnwell-Thomas