This is the longest government shutdown in American history.
- The Trump Administration enacted a partial government shutdown on December 22, 2018, after Congress failed to meet his demand for $5 billion to build a wall on the U.S. border alongside Mexico.
- Democrats are now the majority in the House of Representatives after two years of a Republican-held Congress. The Senate remains Republican.
- Trump won’t sign or renew any bills that do not address funding the wall.
- Negotiations between Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer are going nowhere.
- On January 4 two bills were passed by the House to fund 8 closed U.S. departments through September 30 and reopen the Department of Homeland Security through February 8.
- Trump is considering declaring a national emergency.
- TSA employees are calling out sick since the shutdown began.
- The National Park service is understaffed and overflowing with trash. Most parks and museums are closed with some struggling to remain open.
- The FBI, DEA, the Bureau of Prisons, Customs and Border Protection, the Coast Guard and the Secret Service are working without pay.
- Some science, research, and public health centers are closed such as the National Weather Service.
- The EPA furloughed most employees in charge of inspecting pollution.
- Proceedings in federal courts are delayed and most immigration courts are closed.
- Only 12% of employees are at the IRS.
- Good news: tax refunds won’t be delayed.
- Food stamps and child nutrition (school lunches) will be administered for January and February according to the Agriculture Department.
- The FDA has stopped routine inspections of seafood, fruits, vegetables, and more. They’re still inspecting meat, poultry, eggs, grains, and others.
Who’s not affected?
- The Social Security Administration received funding for 2019, last year. Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid will be paid on time.
- Veteran benefits also received funding for 2019 and can expect to be paid.
- The CDCP and the National Institutes of Health are largely unaffected.
Next steps? We wait for Trump, Pelosi, and Schumer to reach a deal. On January 11, Congress passed a bill to provide back pay to furloughed federal employees.
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