Longest Government Shutdown In U.S. History


By Jose Mendoza, Jocelyn Carranza, and Shirley Zavala

The government has been in a partial shutdown since midnight of December 22, 2018. There is no indication of it ending soon since congress cannot agree on a compromise concerning border security. What does this all mean? Who does it affect?

A partial government shutdown happens when Congress fails to agree on a specific deal and stops all but the essential federal services. In this instance, the disagreement was because of the wall Trump promised to build since his presidential campaign back in 2016.

So far the shutdown has left many workers, some that live paycheck to paycheck, without pay. This lack of pay contributed to what the media refers to as the “Blue Flu” in which a large percentage government workers called in sick to work. Nobody likes to work for free, and because of this, many important government organizations are understaffed at the moment, and are unable to fulfill their duties correctly.

Trump wanted Congress to approve approximately five-billion dollars of federal funding for this project even after promising that he, will build a great great wall on our southern border,” and “have Mexico pay for that wall” during one of his presidential announcement speeches on January 16, 2017.

Before the shutdown, the democratic party offered a solution in the form of a deal, in which they would approve funding for the wall if a pathway to citizenship for residents with DACA status was ensured. This deal was originally expected to go through, but after pressure from the Republican party, this compromise was vetoed.

This has been the longest government shutdown announced on January 12, 2019 and since October 1st of 2013. Where Congress failed to agree on a budget and pass a spending bill causing the government to shutdown. The main issue that contributed to the failure of passing the bill was the standoff over the Affordable Healthcare Act also known as Obamacare. The last minute bill the House of Representatives and Congress agree on end the 16 day government shutdown period. The bill funded the government until January 2014, which also ended the Republican standoff against Obamacare. Just to get a sense of how much a government shutdown can affect the US economy this partial government shutdown took about 24 million dollar out of the economy.

So far the government shutdown has lasted about a month and is expected to last until Trump gets some kind of budget for his wall. He is not agreeing upon anything unless he gets the exact budget he has asked for. Although democrats have control of the House there has been several meetings with the President that have ended in failure.