Government Shutdown

The capitol building closed off.

The capitol building closed off.

Sophie DiFrancesco, News Editor

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Going on 34 days, the United States government is really trying to go for an unbeatable record for the longest government shut down. The shutdown beginning Saturday, December 22 and continuing into the new year for over a month. After the democratic rejection of President Trump’s request of five billion dollars to fund the border wall with Mexico, key parts of the government shutdown which has impacted many federal departments and workers.

Even though to the average day person the government shut down doesn’t seem to be that impactful on daily life, but many families are being directly impacted by the shutdown. Federal workers are deemed “essential” and are required to work without pay, furloughed, or even placed on temporary leave. The shutdown affects more than 800,000 federal workers in departments such as Agriculture, Commerce, Justice, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, State, Transportation and Treasury. All national parks are either closed or have limited services, as well as national museums and zoos. Due to the lack of park rangers, trash is piling up by trash cans and the bathrooms are closed polluting these parks.

As workers are being called to work without pay, daily life’s of many are directly impacted. Without their monthly paycheck, rent is unable to be paid, food is unable to be purchase, and bills are stacking up. TSA agents and airport workers are distracted from their jobs worrying about what their next meal will be. Over 6,000 planes are in the air at any given time of day, putting thousands of lives at risk by just one worker not as focused due to the shutdown. Many workers are calling in sick to work due to the lack of pay, which has the potential to put lives at risk.

The shutdown affects so many different things that most people don’t even realize. Such as, if you want to get your passport renewed right now, you cant. Tax refunds are being delayed. The FDA has not been receiving funding during the shutdown which will directly impact the food you will buy and consume.

Hopefully, President Trump swallow his pride and not continually blame the democratic party for the shutdown and come to an agreement on the border wall, but if not who knows how many lives could be destroyed of this goes on any longer. But in the wise words of President Trump “If there is a shutdown, it would be a tremendously negative mark on the President of the United States. He’s the one who has to get the people together.” Nice point Mr. President, I guess we’ll just have to wait and see if he can follow his own advice.