The American government, as of January 8, 2018, is shutdown over President Donald Trump’s campaign promise of building a border wall between Mexico and the United States. This shutdown began on December 22, 2018 and has left thousands of government employees without a job and even more without a paycheck. Approximately 380,000 federal workers have been placed on unpaid leave while an additional 420,000 employees have been required to work without pay. Examples of the “essential” people that have to work are FBI and Secret Service agents. In response, some TSA agents in major airports called in “sick” in protest this non-paid work.
The proposed $5.7 billion required to fund the project has led many in Washington to dig in for the long haul. President Trump stated that he might continue the government closure for months or even years if no agreement is reached between the Republicans and Democrats in Washington. In an attempt to gain public support for the bill, President Trump gave an address to the nation on the reasons for building a wall and increasing border security. The speech is linked below.
So, what do you have to say about Washington grinding to a halt? How should this be dealt with? Should the top priority be to secure our borders or does that money need to go into other facets of the government or something else?
President Trump’s Address: https://www.politico.com/video/2019/01/08/president-trumps-full-oval-office-address-067608