Written by Divy Tandon
Chaos enveloped the skies of Washington DC as the US kicked off the holidays by a partial government shutdown following the failure of the Leaders of the legislature to pass a federal spending bill as negotiations stalled over Donald Trump's demand for money to build the US-Mexico Border wall, more popularly known as The Wall. Operations ceased at 05:00 hours, despite the last resort negotiations between the White House Officials and Congressional Leaders of both the parties.
Most critical security functions remain operational but more than 500,000 federal workers have been impacted, with many furloughed just days before Christmas and others deemed essential working unpaid. As many Americans and tourists began vacations for end-of-the-year holidays some national parks have shuttered completely, while some remain open without any visitor services including restrooms and maintenance.
This uncertainty has pushed the Wall Street into a rout, worse since its crisis in 2008. With the budget wrangling and subsequent shutdown, the third in a year, a dark cloud looms over the current administration.
"President Trump threw a temper tantrum and convinced House Republicans to push our nation into a destructive Trump Shutdown", said Chuck Schumer, the top opposition Democrat in the Senate, and his House counterpart, fellow Democrat Nancy Pelosi in a joint statement. Trump has dug in on his demand for USD 5 billion for construction of a wall to curb illegal immigration to the US on the Mexican border side, but such an exorbitant amount was deemed unnecessary by the Democrats.
This amount was demanded after Mexico refusing to pay to build the wall. On the brighter side of things, about three-quarters of the government including the military and the Department of Health and Human Services, are fully funded until the end of September 2019, while a 25% of workers still remain unpaid. For now, what remains is the question of how long the shutdown will last and how long the Trump Administration keeps the Government running before it falls into another government shutdown.
Trump's tantrums and government Shutdown is what this Christmas was all about for America.
The government shutdown gained ignition post-Christmas, with both the parties not reaching an agreement. As the shutdown has taken a toll on the population, President Trump invited the leaders of the house of representatives to reach an agreement on his wall, which he believes will end human trafficking and illegal immigration. With a rise in violence on the border, it the government shutdown gained ignition post-Christmas, with both the parties not reaching an agreement. As the shutdown has taken a toll on the population, President Trump invited the leaders of the house of representatives to reach an agreement on his wall, which he believes will end human trafficking and illegal immigration. With a rise in violence on the border, it remains to be seen whether President Trump will get his wall or will the government shutdown continue.