The current government shutdown has now gone on for 22 days, surpassing the previous longest shutdown of the Clinton administration which lasted 21 days. The current shutdown while only partial still leaves 9 federal departments unfunded. All agencies have different plans in the case of a shutdown in which they can determine which employees are essential and nonessential. These nonessential employees are then furloughed and left unpaid. Friday marked the first day these workers were unable to receive their paychecks and many across the country began to protest the shutdown.
However it is unclear when the shutdown will end as Trump and top Democrats are unable to reach an agreement. Trump claiming he needs 5 billion dollars for a physical border wall and Democrats refusing to give up the spending for a wall; however conceding for increased technology spending. Trump seems unwilling to accept anything short of a steel wall tweeting this morning:
“….I do have a plan on the Shutdown. But to understand that plan you would have to understand the fact that I won the election, and I promised safety and security for the American people. Part of that promise was a Wall at the Southern Border. Elections have consequences!”
He seems contingent on the wall because it was a campaign promise but there will come a point in which the shut down begins to turn away his voters much more than the prospect of no wall. One can only hope that is soon as real people are adversely affected by this political stunt.