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A Looming Government Shutdown?
Dec 17, 2018 at 01:54 PM
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The Quick Facts

  • The federal government is on the brink of a partial government shutdown, which would begin this Friday, December 21st. The shutdown would affect about one-quarter of the government.
  • The White House is insisting that Congress provide $5 billion in order to build the U.S./Mexico border wall, funding that congressional leaders are currently refusing.
  • Democrats have proposed allocating no more than $1.6 billion to fund the wall, and it does not appear that President Trump has the Republican votes to get his full $5 billion.
  • Republicans remain hopeful they can come up with a proposal that can be acceptable to Trump and pass both chambers.
  • The Senate goes back into session today, and the House will return Wednesday night.

Food For Thought

How should the current funding impasse in Congress be resolved? Will President Trump be willing to shutdown the government if he does not receive more funding for the border wall?

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