US Government ‘Shutdown’ 2018: Parties Playing ‘Blame Game’ Instead of Resolving Issues

For the first time since October of 2013, a very serious issue has occurred. The US government has literally ‘shutdown.’

No, this does not mean what most people assume it means, but it is cause for alarm and can turn into a much more SERIOUS issue if something does not give. This shutdown technically occurred on Saturday (midnight) when Congress and President Trump failed to reach a deal on funding for federal agencies. Democrats had insisted that any bill to renew government funding also contain permanent protection for about 700,000 young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the US as children.

For those who are not aware just last week, President Trump rejected a bipartisan Senate deal that would have done exactly that and even given the White House almost 3 billion dollars in new money for immigration enforcement at the borders. Just minutes before the funding deal deadline late Friday night the White House issued a statement that blamed Democrats for the Shutdown.

It stated as follows:

“We will not negotiate the status of unlawful immigrants while Democrats hold our lawful citizen’s hostage over their reckless demands.”

This shutdown became very real when the Senate meeting last night blocked a bill to maintain the federal government’s funding through February 16th. The vote was 50-49 and needed 60 to vault the bill over that hurdle. Currently, it looks like the whole ordeal in itself is a blame game from one to the other as to why this shutdown happened. Some have even gone so far as to say that Trump was rooting for the shutdown. However, according to Politico, Trump and Schumer were actually quite close to making a deal.

CNBC reported as follows on this issue:

In remarks following McConnell’s comments, Schumer said he was “willing to compromise” with Trump on an immigration agreement and said he thought he had a deal with the president during a White House meeting Friday. The senator contended that Trump backed off of a possible immigration solution when he faced pressure from conservatives.

“Now all of this problem is because Republican leadership can’t get to yes because President Trump refuses to. Mr. President, President Trump, if you are listening, I am urging you: please take yes for an answer,” he said, adding that the “blame should crash entirely” on the president’s shoulders.

While we aren’t going to see much change today, but if this is not resolved soon the consequences will begin to show themselves. Many government employees will be forced to stay home from work on furlough. State parks and so forth will most likely close and even processing passport applications will be put on hold. While the ‘essentials’ will not be affected on our country as a whole and the public this will be a huge problem if things continue as they are. Anything with outside funding will stay operational and no, the military will not disappear.

For more information on this please check out the videos below. This is something we all need to be aware of and regardless of who is to blame it is a problem that needs to be dealt with. I am a bit nervous to see how this whole thing pans out.

(Image Via: ABCNews)

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