For the first time in Donald J. Trump’s presidency, and for the second time this decade, the United States government failed to create a spending bill, forcing a government shutdown.
As the Republicans hold the slimmest of majorities (51-49) in the Senate, a short-term spending bill to temporarily fund the government could not get passed as five Democrats voted in favor of the spending bill, while four Republicans voted against the measure, although 60 votes were needed.
This comes on the one year anniversary of Donald Trump’s presidency, providing a major test for the President with the Senate in terms of how Trump will get things done.
Isn’t it a bit ironic?
According to a poll compilation from FiveThirtyEight; FiveThirtyEight, that website your annoying politics junkie friend geeks out about, President Trump, (which is still something I am shockingly saying) has an approval rating of 39.7 percent.
Some people, mainly on the left to be fair, thought the world would blow up by the one year mark of Trump as the 45th President, or even something as simple as the government shutting down. However, this 40 percent approval, as we saw in the 2016 election, may not be totally reflective of how President Trump is received by the masses.
Now, you may be asking, Paul, what does Trump have to do with the government shutting down besides the fact that it happened on his one year anniversary after he became president? Well, Trump’s response to the government shutdown is something to note.
Yes, I am a member of the media, so I have to analyze what the President says on Twitter.
Trump, showing his sense of humor, acknowledged the irony of it being the one year anniversary of his presidency, while blaming the shutdown exclusively on the Democrats. He followed this up by sharing the need to elect Republicans, while claiming the Democrats mistreat veterans and to get more politicians involved with building up ‘the wall’.
This is just the President’s take on why the government shutdown happened.
Here’s actually what happened, the Democrats wanted to make sure nothing was taken away from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, better known as DACA, which protects 800,000 young undocumented immigrants from being deported–Republicans want to pass a spending bill so they can show the president and the nation that they are actually doing something.
DACA is supposed to end in March and therefore could displace nearly one million people altering the workplace, colleges and universities, as well as American life.
The last time the government shutdown was in 2013 largely due to disagreements about Obamacare, oh remember when Obamacare was the craziest thing in American politics? Times have changed! That shutdown lasted for 17 days, and the longest shutdown took place in between 1995 and 1996 which lasted for 27 days.
This shutdown has the potential to put government employees and the military on furlough, placing them on leave until the government is funded. No one is sure how long the shutdown will last.
But hey, on the bright side this makes for great entertainment, which can be best expressed through Paulitics on EIV! Coming this semester!