Sun. Jun 13th, 2021

the Torch

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All About the Government Shutdown

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President trump

This is not the first time that the government had shut down and it certainly will not be the last. The effects of a shutdown is mind-blowing and it involves everyone in the country. There have been many shutdowns but we have been able to recover from all of them.

This is a timeline of some of the shutdowns and why they happened.


The government shutdown because Trump and the Democrats failed to come to an agreement as to what funds are distributed to a wall on the southern border of the US.

Trump requested $5.6 billion extra dollars be added to federal spending before the 21st of December.

He refused to give up and the Democrats opposed him, resulting in the shutdown.

Who is this affecting?

The Government shutdown will cost more than $5 billion required for the wall.

It affects more than 800,000 federal workers. They are required to work without pay or be placed on temporary leave.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has stopped, but officials say that the agency would continue to release tax refunds.

Immigration courts have been affected by an increase in backlog for more than 800,000 cases they have.

Federal funds for services such as plowing roads and healthcare for citizens have stopped completely.

The Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo in DC closed due to the shutdown on January 2nd.

What does Trump have to say?

President Donald Trump

He maintains the mindset that the wall is going to be built to secure the border of Mexico and decrease the number of illegal immigrants. Trump blames the Democrats and threatened to declare a national emergency in order to build the wall. By doing so he will create many legal challenges. Before the shutdown took place Trump stated that he would be proud to shut the government down in order have “border security”. He later writes in a tweet “I asked what is going to happen in 30 days if I quickly open things up, are you going to approve Border Security which includes a Wall or Steel Barrier? Nancy said, NO. I said bye-bye, nothing else works!”. He believes that this is the only way to make sure that the country is secure.

What do the Democrats have to say?

Nancy Pelosi

The Democrats say that the wall is expensive and is going to be inefficient. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has called the wall “immoral” and had said that they are willing to pay for other security measures for the border that do not include the wall. Border fencing will cost roughly $1.3 billion and other security items such as cameras are $300 million.

How does this affect citizens?

Government and the Transportation Security Administration workers are required to continue to work without pay.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration furloughed about 40 percent of its staff since the government shutdown.

The Environmental Protection Agency runs out of funds and furloughs about 95 percent of employees.

The National Park Service stops collecting trash and doing road maintains and is scheduled to close certain parks.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development sends letters to 1,500 landlords asking them not to evict residents involved in any assistance.

The IRS is instructed by the White House to issue tax refunds during the shutdown. Workers are called back to process the refunds that will not be paid until the shutdown ends


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