On the anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration, the U.S government was forced to shut down after Congress failed to pass a spending bill.
The bill was to extend the funding of immigration laws including the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals bill. The spending bill received 50 votes instead of the required 60 to pass.
The last government shutdown occurred on Oct. 1, 2013, and lasted 16 days. The reason for that shut down, however, was that the government couldn’t agree on a budget for the upcoming fiscal year.
Talk of the possible shutdown started to heat up on social media on Friday. Soon, the hashtag “#TrumpShutdown” went viral with text posts, news videos, and memes attached to the hashtag.
Nancy Pelosi, the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, has been actively using the hashtag throughout the day. One of her tweets reads, “Republican incompetence led to the #TrumpShutdown. Democrats are committed to putting things right.”
Although there were many tweets berating Congress and Trump, some still defended the administration.
Former U.S. Secret Service Agent, Dan Bongino, tweeted, “Don’t think for a second the Democrats aren’t aware of the damage they’re going to take when the GOP decides to #ReleaseTheMemo. Awfully convenient for them to shut down the govt & try to change ‘’the narrative.’’ They’re a sick group of people.”
During the “Shutdown Countdown,” CNN aired a Fox News video about the 2013 shutdown. In the video, news broadcasters conducted a phone interview with Trump with the question, “Who is going to bear the brunt of the responsibility if indeed there is a shutdown?”
“Well, if you say who gets fired it always has to be from the top,” Trump said in the broadcast. “I mean, problems start from the top and have to get solved from the top and the president is the leader and he has to get everyone in a room and he’s gotta lead.”
While exploring the “#TrumpShutdown” on Twitter, a video can be found of a compilation of interviews with Trump about who should be blamed for a shutdown. He repeatedly states that the president should be the one to blame.
In one Today Show interview, Trump says, “I hear the Democrats are going to be blamed, I hear the Republicans are going to be blamed, I actually think the president should be blamed.”
Despite these claims, Trump took to Twitter today at 6:17 a.m. saying, “Democrats are far more concerned with Illegal immigrants than they are with our great Military or Safety at our dangerous Southern Border. They could have easily made a deal but decided to play Shutdown politics instead. #WeNeedMoreRepublicansIn18 in order to power through mess!”
So, what happens during a government shutdown?
Because a shutdown occurs when a bill for funding can’t be agreed on, government-run agencies that are considered “non-essential” are required to shut down.
These “non-essential” agencies include those who pay out small business loans and process passport requests. National parks and museums may also be closed or partially closed until the shutdown is over. The shutdown will also affect the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. This means that those who want to get a gun permit will have to wait.
The military along with TSA, air traffic control, and mail services will be funded throughout the shutdown, but there’s a chance the employees won’t be.
Around 1.3 million active-duty military might not get paid until after the shutdown. For more information, visit this CNN report of those affected.
According to a CNN video, over 800,000 federal workers could be furloughed during the shutdown.
Even though the shutdown continues, women’s marches are happening all over the nation, including one in Lansing.