Government Shutdown Crosses One Month Mark

Chelsea Wade
January 22, 2019 - 9:09 am
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The partial government shutdown is entering its second month with no sign that President Trump or Democrats have found common ground to end it.

"I think for many people this is the president he promised, but has yet to deliver on," said Brandon Rottinghaus, a political science professor at the University of Houston. "At this point, public opinion suggests that the president is still on the hook for the blame for the shutdown, but I think that's going to be fluid as they barter back and forth. Things are influx, but at least there is some movement."

Over the weekend, the president offered Democrats a 3-year extension of deportation protections for ‘"Dreamers" in exchange for the $5.7 billion for the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi dismissed it, calling it a "non-starter."

Republicans in the Senate proposed legislation Monday to break through the deadlock. Its centers on the funding President Trump wants for a wall, but Democrats said they're not going to negotiate any border security funding until the president reopens the government.

"The president is showing he is willing to bargain and deal. It may not be the best deal, and we saw that with his recent proposal. There was push back from his own party and the Democrats haven't been enthusiastic about anything he has put out there," said Rottinghaus.

The shutdown has now crossed the one-month mark and about 800,000 government workers are about to miss another paycheck.

Those employees represent less than one percent of the "working" population in the U.S. "The reason there hasn't been more outcry to get things done is because it isn't impacting a lot of people. Now you can read stories about federal employees that are struggling to make ends meet, but it's not affecting a massive amount of people. So, there's not a lot of pressure. That's at least one thing that is kind of keeping this problem afloat. Oddly, it would be better if there were more pressure because then it would encourage both sides to come together to fix it," said Rottinghaus.