The Government Shut Down of January 20th
Written by Xander Morley
Edited by Giavanna Cardona-Simmons
On January 20th at midnight EST, the U.S. government shut down. The reasoning behind this event was that the attempt to overcome a democratic filibuster of a temporary appropriations bill didn’t get enough votes to go through. It required a ⅗ supermajority to end. There was also a dispute whether President Trump should get allocated funding for his Mexican-American wall border, which was his big promise during his presidential campaign. The shutdown occurred on the one year anniversary of Donald Trump’s presidency which many people criticized. It lasted only a mere 2 days but was still a big deal.
There were a couple disputes at this senate meeting as well. Such as that the Democrats agreed to end the shutdown if the Republicans agreed to have a debate on the DREAM Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act) before the continuing resolution expires on February 8, 2018. The Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018, was under consideration to extend funding through February 16, 2018. The bill passed the House on January 18, but the vote in the Senate failed 50 to 49 votes when 60 were required for it to pass. This happened shortly before the midnight expiration of the previous continuing resolution. At the end of all this, Donald Trump finished with saying it was a “big win” and that the Democrats “caved in”. A lesson to learn from this is that we need to take things like this seriously and that the Senate, Congress, White House and other government affiliated places need to work to make sure things like this don’t happen.