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The partial government shutdown, the longest in the nation’s history, finally ended when President Trump signed a bill that will keep the government open for three more weeks.

The government will shut down again in three weeks unless Congress can get President Trump to approve a new spending bill.

The shutdown began at midnight EST on December 22nd, as a result of a funding dispute between Congress and President Trump over his proposed border wall. Congress refused to provide $5.7 billion in federal funding for the wall, and Trump consequently refused to sign any spending bill that did not fund the wall, leading to a partial government shutdown and a funding standoff between Trump and several prominent Democratic lawmakers.

The resulting partial shutdown affected in some 800,000 federal workers. Of these, around 420,000 were forced to work without pay due to the importance of their jobs and about 380,000 were furloughed. This led to major setbacks in many aspects of public life. Many national parks were closed or went unstaffed during the shutdown. Flights at major airports were delayed due to a lack of available staff. The Smithsonian Museum lost approximately $1 million per day. Many citizens are concerned that they will not get their tax refund due to IRS staff not going to work. Additionally, the workers who have been impacted missed two paychecks and compounding fear that they may struggle to pay their bills or even afford food. Fortunately for them, groups of charitable citizens across America gave away discounts or even free food to federal employees. A Florida cruise line opened a pair of boats where government workers received free luncheons. Chef José Andréś and his nonprofit World Central Kitchen started a new program, #ChefsForFeds, that fed furloughed employees across the country.

(Photo by Wang Ping) Protestors rally against the government shutdown in Chicago´s Federal Plaza.

The total cost is staggering, with an estimated loss of $11 billion dollars over the course of the 5-week shutdown, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

Although the shutdown has temporarily ended, many fear that another shutdown could happen. The current bill to put the government back to work will only keep the government open for three weeks, and if Trump and Congress cannot agree on a spending bill by then, another shutdown could occur.

 

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/government-agencies-open-shutdown-over-what-was-affected-2019-01-26/

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/government-shutdown-deal-reached-trump-speech-announcement-opens-government-shutdown-over-today-live-updates-2019-01-25/

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/28/government-shutdown-cost-the-economy-11-billion-cbo.html

https://www.npr.org/2019/01/24/688189978/commerce-secretary-wilbur-ross-downplayed-shutdown-hardships-dems-raged

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2019/01/23/unacceptable-coast-guards-top-officer-criticizes-lack-payment-government-shutdown/?utm_term=.0c17749fae70

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/food/wp/2019/01/23/americans-across-the-country-are-helping-feed-federal-workers-as-the-shutdown-enters-its-second-month/?utm_term=.7ef22336353e

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