Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentGovernment · 11 months ago

Why did the government shut down and what does it mean to Americans/ what does it affect?

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  • Anonymous
    11 months ago
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    Key parts of the US government shut down on December 22 after President Donald Trump and Democratic politicians hit an impasse over the president's request for $5bn in funding for a wall on the US-Mexico border, a demand Democrats oppose.

    The shutdown affects more than 800,000 federal workers in nine different departments, as well as several federal agencies. This includes the departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Justice, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, State, Transportation and Treasury.

    Federal workers deemed "essential" are required to work without pay. Others are furloughed, or placed on temporary leave.

    Federal employees have sued the US government over the requirement that some workers must work without pay. After past government shutdowns, Congress has approved back pay for federal workers, but the American Federation of Government Employees, which launched the recent lawsuit, called the requirement to work without pay "inhumane".

    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has stopped many of its services, but officials said the agency would continue issuing tax refunds.

    Immigration courts have also been affected, worsening an already existing backlog, which includes more than 800,000 cases. (no more court ordered deportations)

    federal funds that go to tribal communities for services such as ploughing roads and healthcare have stopped due to the shutdown.

    On January 2, the Smithsonian museums and National Zoo in Washington, DC, closed due to the shutdown. Some national parks have also closed or have limited services.

    While the effect of the shutdown is not felt by most Americans, millions could be hit if the gap does not end by February.

    Residents who are part of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) may have their assistance disrupted next month, according to NBC news.

    National parks are not being maintained.

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  • 11 months ago

    it doesn't mean a damn thing because their is subsidy their all able to get and how much more work is getting done now then when it was opened with them people for the US people.

  • 11 months ago

    >Why did the government shut down?

    Trump threw a tantrum

    >what does it mean to Americans?

    Hundreds of thousands of government workers aren't getting paid and those jobs aren't getting done.

    >What does it affect?

    Homeland Security (Extra funny because Trump shut down the government for his stupid wall)


    Justice department



    It's just... a mess.

  • Anonymous
    11 months ago


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  • 11 months ago

    It means 800,000 government workers are without pay, so many of them are not going to work, and the country is getting clogged up with all sorts of rubbish.

  • 11 months ago

    Near as I can tell it doesn't mean a damn thing.

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