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President Trump Closes the Government

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President Trump’s obsession with building a steel wall between the U.S. and Mexico border has caused the government to shut down. Jan. 25th marks the 35th day of the government being closed and is now the longest shutdown in U.S. history.

Trump has said he will continue to keep the government closed until he has earned the necessary funding of $5.7 billion for his wall.

As a result, employees have been categorized as essential or non-essential. According to CNN, “380,000 are required to stay home, while another 420,000 must work without pay.”

As of now, there are nine departments affected, impacting government employees and their families. The departments of Commerce, Agriculture, Interior, Transportation, State, Justice, Treasury, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development have all been shut down and workers are not receiving pay. 

Photo via ABC News

Agencies shut down are not just affecting the employees, but the nation as a whole. National Parks have started to pile up with trash, airport security lines have grown in wait time, food inspection has decreased, and museums, as well as national cemeteries, have closed until further notice.

Congress has yet to pass bills that determine the fate of the remaining agencies.

The departments not affected by the shutdown are the Department of Defence, Energy, Health and Human Services, Veteran Affairs, Education, and Labor.

Unfortunately, there is no end in sight and President Trump threatens to keep the government closed unless his border wall is funded.

House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) wrote a letter to President Trump asking him to reschedule his State of the Union Address to after the government reopens. In the letter Pelosi mentioned, “Both the U.S. Secret and Service and the Department of Homeland Security have not been funded for 26 days now,” and suggested to make the speech in the Oval Office.

The longer the shutdown, the more families are affected by the lack of income and the lack of support from President Trump and the government. 

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