The currently unfolding partial federal government shutdown is fast approaching becoming the longest in American history. President Donald Trump has attempted to put the responsibility on Democrats, but they have continually shown up for work when he has not. This Friday, they passed yet another round of previously Senate committee approved bills to reopen parts of the government, this time including agencies like the Interior Department and the Environmental Protection Agency.
They garnered the support of ten House Republicans for these latest provisions after getting a dozen on Thursday, but so far Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has refused to bring any bills to a full floor vote without a guarantee that the president will actually sign them.
Still, the negative effects from the shutdown lag on. The Interior Department has been forced to draw back from the network of national parks, among other points, leaving the areas vulnerable. A number of people have died on national park grounds while the weeks-long shutdown has dragged on, and search and rescue staff could have possibly been able to help. We might never know.
Other agencies House Democrats have sought to reopen include the Departments of Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Agriculture, which administers important services like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance — or food stamps — program, which will run out of money at the end of February without any further action. Trump has said he’s willing to have the shutdown drag on for months or even years, putting millions of Americans’ food security in danger.
Other key hindered services include the Small Business Administration, the Internal Revenue Service, and even public housing assistance like HUD administers.
Trump has justified his clamoring for a continued shutdown with talk of immigrant “invasions” necessitating the construction of a wall as soon as possible.
As recently as Friday morning, after returning to Washington, D.C., from a trip to McAllen, Texas, which is near the southern border, Trump presented the situation in inescapably bleak terms that do little to provide substantive evidence of a crisis but make it seem all the more likely that Trump will only be digging into his positions.
‘I just got back and it is a far worse situation than almost anyone would understand, an invasion! I have been there numerous times – The Democrats, Cryin’ Chuck and Nancy don’t know how bad and dangerous it is for our ENTIRE COUNTRY… Criminals, Gangs, Human Traffickers, Drugs & so much other big trouble can easily pour in. It can be stopped cold!’
Why does it not seem to occur to him that transnational criminals can easily find ways to get around his wall and aren’t just going to pack up shop because he told them to? Besides, there are already barriers at the southern border in some places — and Trump has even previously falsely claimed parts of his wall already went up — and yet they still claim there’s a crisis warranting more(?) wall anyway!
It’s a feat of circular, nonsense reasoning from the Trump team.
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