As you most likely heard, President Trump partially closed down the government, starting, Dec. 22, 2018, due to the lack of funding for the US-Mexico border wall. This shutdown, which lasted more than a month (35 days), was declared the longest government shutdown is US history.
On Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, President Trump decided, after a lot of persuasion, that he was going to reopen the government temporarily. He claimed he would “sign a bill to open our government for three weeks, [because] we have reached a deal to end the shutdown.” Since the bill was only for 21 days, the government might shut back down on Feb. 15, 2019.
During the shutdown, roughly 800,000 federal workers were forced to work without getting paid. However, within the bill that was signed, President Trump stated that federal agencies were to issue back pay to the federal workers “at the earliest date possible.”
By the end of the three weeks, President Trump claims that if the Democrats and Republicans cannot come up with an agreement to fund the wall, he will declare it a national emergency. With this “national emergency,” he would be able to find a way around the Congress and get the wall built by using the military.
If the Republicans are unable to convince the Democrats to agree to fund the $5.7 billion for the wall to be built, one of two things will happen: Trump will “use the powers afforded to [him] under the laws and the Constitution of the United States to address this emergency,” or the government will, unfortunately, be shut down again starting Feb. 15, 2019. However, we’re all hoping for a positive outcome in the end.