The U.S. government reached a budget impasse and have caused another government shutdown, the second of 2018.
The shutdown was reached after President Trump refused to agree to a short-term funding deal cut by Democratic and Republican senators because it did not include the funds for his border wall. Stressing on the need for tighter border security along its Southern border, Trump is adamant Congress give him $5 billion to start one of his key campaign promise – ‘the wall’.
Democrats refuse to give him the money, and are even more emboldened as they gear themselves to take control of the House on January 3.
Government shutdowns in the U.S are not something new – plenty have happened in the past, the last one being on Jan 20 over a disagreement between the Republicans and the Democrats over a funding measure for DACA.
With no signs of relenting by either party, we are unsure how long the shutdown is going to last. In shutdowns, non essential government employees are furloughed, or placed on temporary unpaid leave. Funding for numerous agencies, including those that operate parks, homeland security, law enforcement, tax collection and transportation, expired at midnight. Close to 400,000 federal workers are expected to be home without pay until a deal is reached, and numerous services will be halted in that time, suggesting a difficult time for federal employees during the holiday season.