As of today, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, much of the United States federal government has been shut down for 33 consecutive days. After the House of Representatives was unable to push forward a spending proposal that U.S. President Donald J. Trump agreed to pass, the partial government shutdown came to fruition.
Trump had threatened in weeks prior to the shutdown that he was unwilling to back off of his request for $5.7 billion in funding for the proposed border wall between the United States’ southern border and Mexico.
In the past week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, had publicly stated that President Trump would be unable to deliver the annual State of the Union Address from the House chamber as it has traditionally been broadcast until the partial government shutdown came to an end. She’s stayed true to her word, even though Trump initially clashed with her decision. Just a few minutes ago, President Trump stated that he would be willing to postpone the State of the Union Address until the 800,000-odd federal employees who have been laid off for the past five-some weeks were put back to work and the shutdown had been put to an end.
Although the House of Representatives had effectively spread the message that it would not push forward any legislation that approved the border wall’s funding, the Democrat-led House has since changed its mind. In the last budget proposal, the House agreed to put forth a little less than $3 billion to fund the construction of Trump’s proposed Mexican-American border wall.
Today, news broke that the Democratic-majority House of Representatives would give Donald Trump up to $5.7 billion, the total amount he requested, to move forward with the border wall he so badly wants to erect as a means of slicing away at the threat of illegal immigration.
Tomorrow, Thursday, Jan. 24, the U.S. Senate will vote on two bills, both of which are proposals to fund the government and bring those 800,000 federal employees back to doing business as usual. One proposal is directly from President Trump, which includes the $5.7 billion in funding for the proposed immigration-slowing border wall. The other bill comes from Democrats among the Senate and House of Representatives. Though the Democrats’ proposal is unlikely to ultimately pass because it might not contain the full $5.7 billion that Trump has requested, it will end the shutdown until Feb. 8.