Here are five things to know about the government shutdown:
When did the shutdown start?
The partial government shutdown began Friday night at midnight, when Congress couldn’t agree on a spending plan that included $5 billion Trump requested for a wall on the nation’s southern border. Nine departments are closed: Agriculture, Commerce, Justice, Homeland Security, Interior, State, Transportation, Treasury and Housing and Urban Development, as well as several agencies. Six departments had budgets approved earlier.
What’s the big issue?
The president, who campaigned on the issue of border security in 2016, wants money to fund a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. The that would keep government funding levels the same through February. Trump said he wouldn’t sign it because it did not include enough money for the wall.
The GOP-led House then cleared a bill that would meet the president’s $5 billion request for wall funding, but it fell flat in the Senate. The Senate requires 60 votes to pass legislation and Republicans have a narrow 51-49 majority, meaning they need nine Democrats to get on board with funding legislation. Democrats have so far refused to give him the money.
How are federal workers affected?
Because the partial shutdown fell over the weekend and Monday and Tuesday were federal holidays, most government employees but starting later this week 800,000 government employees who are not deemed “essential” will either be furloughed or forced to work without pay until the standoff is resolved. Congress is expected to vote to retroactively pay government employees, but that still means there is uncertainty about when paychecks will come next.
Some government employees using #Shutdown Stories.
There are a lot of government services that have been put on hold until funding starts flowing in, including many national parks, farm service centres and some food safety inspections. (A fuller list of