The Government Shutdown Effect

By Cameron Valenzuela

The longest government shutdown in U.S history has come to a temporary end after 35 days of discussing production of the border wall.

Initially, the shutdown was caused by a disagreement between President Donald Trump and members of Congress over demands for a border wall to be built between the United States and Mexico. The shutdown has stretched out past the span of a month and has affected airport security, parks, museums, food inspections, and more. 800,000 federal workers have been suffering due to the lack of pay; many are even being forced to work without payment. By the time the government shutdown came to its temporary end, some federal workers had missed two paychecks.

Some of these workers live paycheck to paycheck or have a family to support but cannot do so because their source of income has been cut off. This has led to families being late to pay bills and struggling with future finances. People already falling behind fall further with the lack of paychecks. The possibility of another government shutdown will only financially harm them even more.

The shutdown also has caused a shortage of employees, as many people were calling in sick to work. For example, in airports, it’s normal for up to 30 – 40 security workers to call in sick, but during the shutdown, those numbers doubled. With fewer employees available in airport security, contraband, weapons, etc. have a higher chance of passing through the checkpoints.

The short-term break from the government shutdown will last at least until February 15, when President Trump will decide whether he agrees with the wall proposal. Will the United States fall back into another government shutdown? That question remains unanswered.

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