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Trump’s first year in the president’s seat has been quite rough, to the say the least, and the start of his second year the government shutdown is not making things better. Now with outlets like Reuters stating Trump’s second year began without a fully functioning government does bring into question the uncertain future of this presidency, it is important to take a step back focus on the topic on hand. This recent shutdown, that ended with President Trump signing a government funding bill that will last until February 8, was lengthened due to the inability for both sides of the political spectrum on finding an agreement on how the national budget should be managed. “What is a government shutdown?’, you may ask, and “why was the government shutdown in the first place?” Well, these are questions that will be answered further in the article, so let us take a step back and take a closer look.

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A government shutdown is when parts of the U.S. government close down until the government decides on how they will manage the national budget moving forward. The last shutdown occurred during Obama’s presidency in 2013, and now again in 2018 during Trump’s presidency. But what caused this most recent shutdown? Well, a number of factors. First and foremost is perhaps the most prominent reason for the shutdown as The Atlantic says, which is the decision on what to do with the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Unless the Congress would intervene, Trump had planned on ending its funding support on March 8 which the Democrats opposed this plan of action as it would remove the protections on young immigrants which are known as Dreamers. Trump has shifted his stance on this subject from nearly getting a quick close to a deal that the Democrats agreed on but due to issues from “immigration hard-liners” he backed off and included terms that would benefit him by funding his border wall project which has had trouble finding support for.

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The Democrats and Republicans have also been fed up by the recent lack of long-term budget funding deals, causing many government divisions secured funding solutions. Republicans have shown a strong support for wanting more secured and definite defensive spending due to the Pentagon has been trying to operate with short-term spending bills that restrict how they plan their future operations. Though, this brings in the Democrats who worry about Trump’s high demands for defensive spending, that if high amount should be spent on defenses, so should an equal amount be spent on domestic affairs.

Democrats have also been pushing for the reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which covers uninsured children that are in families that while being modest are too high to qualify for Medicaid since it has been long overdue in funding for over 100 days. The Republicans had offered a five-year funding extension bill, but the catch was that it would include noticeable funding cuts of Medicaid and other government programs to allow this extension. The Democrats did not fall for the bait laid out by the Republicans.

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While yes, this might look like a lot of information to take in and quite a mess to deal with, that is because it is. These political turmoils are only increased by the President’s inability to make the “hard decisions” that he said he would be able to do during his campaign. If this current presidency administration desires to improve itself and the overall negative stigma image it has on the general public, a reevaluation is strongly suggested. Anyway, all we can do at this moment is hope for the best in this currently heated political world that we face today, for a better, more organized, political environment for tomorrow.

 

Sources:

Reuters

The Atlantic

BBC News

Vox

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