Why did the government shutdown happen?

Ermilo Sanchez, Reporter

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  President Donald Trump declared a partial government shutdown on Dec. 22, 2018 over dispute on funding the wall. The shutdown went on for 35 long days until Trump signed a temporary reopening of the government on Jan. 25, 2019 after negotiations were successful between the Democrats and Trump on border security.

  During the 35 day shutdown, many federal workers were working without pay; some were even on furlough without pay. Many of these federal workers were not able to pay their bills or able to afford their daily prescriptions.

  “I’m just more concerned about me being able to get my mortgage paid, and my electric and my water and my medicine,” Tamela Worthen, a security worker for the Smithsonian museums, told CNN in a interview.

  Worthen has high blood pressure and is a diabetic that needs daily insulin shots, but cannot afford the medications. The health insurances that federal workers have are still available even with the government shutdown, but many of these workers are not able to afford the copays that the insurances require.

  “Some of these federal workers live paycheck to paycheck. They aren’t able to afford anything. Now these workers have to work without any sort of payment for their work,” said Monica Bautista, class of 2019.

  With the situation of federal workers not getting paychecks and not able to afford their bills, negotiations in congress to create a new deal with President Trump has been difficult. Trump’s main goal for the partial government shutdown was to receive funding from the federal budget for five billion dollars to build a wall between the United States and Mexico. Democrats were opposed to his idea and were willing to fund border security, but not a wall.

  Building the wall has been Trump’s main campaign promise that he repeatedly brings up. Multiple promises were made on how Mexico would pay for the wall, but those promises were broken. Five million dollars of taxpayers money to build a wall is not making many Americans happy.

  The government shutdown affects federal government workers, bringing trouble to their daily lives and even their health. This shutdown does not affect Trump since he has the power to open or close the government whenever he wants.

  “We really have no choice but to build a powerful wall or steel barrier. If we don’t get a fair deal from Congress, the government will either shut down on Feb. 15, or I will use the powers afforded to me under the laws and Constitution of the United States to address this emergency,” said Trump in an interview with New York Times.

  Congress is now working to make another deal to prevent future shutdown. The Democrats are willing to fund border security, which is something many Americans support. If there is another government shutdown, there should be a plan that aids federal workers in helping with healthcare expenses and help with bills they have. All of this could be avoided if Trump accepts what Congress is willing to negotiate. There is no need for a wall and it is just a failed campaign promise.