The partial government shutdown in the United States has been a thorn in the nation’s side. This grave situation saw approximately 800,000 federal employees out of work or working without pay. House Democrats have come up with a plan or proposed bills to end the shutdown finally. However, it seems that a wall is keeping things from moving forward.
During his campaign, President Donald Trump famously called for a wall. The structure is intended to control the borders of the United States from supposed “immigration issues.” However, the same wall that helped him persuade countless Americans to vote for him may also be their undoing.
The glaring concern here is the apparent stubbornness members of the GOP are showing. The legislation being brought up by the Democrats are the same legislation the GOP already supported, all except for funding of the border walls. The proposals are very similar to the ones supported by the Republican-heavy Senate, yet is likely to face massive opposition. Again because of the lack of funding for a wall.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer had this to say on the matter:
“It would be the height of irresponsibility, and political cynicism for Senate Republicans to now reject the same legislation they have already supported,”
They continued to say that the Senate:
“[would be] complicit with President Trump in continuing the Trump shutdown and in holding the health and safety of the American people and workers’ paychecks hostage over the wall.”
The talks of a wall to protect the American borders has been a hot-button topic since President Trump uttered them in his bid for the Oval Office. Back then many in the GOP were not happy to side with the TV personality, however over time more and more politicians seem to simply follow the party line.
His own statements through online posts may already indicate the fate of the proposals the Democrats want to push forward.
“I campaigned on Border Security, which you cannot have without a strong and powerful Wall,”
This is backed by another post from the chair of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C.
“A $1.3 billion Democrat wish list that includes zero money for a border barrier is a non-starter and will not be a legitimate answer to this impasse.”
It has been over ten days since the shutdown started. With many Americans livelihood hanging in the balance, along with more important implications for the future of the administration. One has to ask “is the wall worth all of this?”