Current government shutdown is a nightmare

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By Isabela Casimiro , Perspectives Editor

The current government shutdown is now 28 days old and has become the longest shutdown in U.S. history after failed negotiations with the Democratic party.

It all started in a meeting between President Donald Trump and Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer about border wall funding and a possible shutdown.

According to Time, Schumer and Pelosi offered Trump two alternative spending bills, neither of which them includes border wall funding.

Hours before the deadline, Schumer and Pelosi agreed to meet with Trump once more to prevent a possible shutdown that is affecting 800,000 federal workers. Trump walked out of the meeting before they had even started negotiating.

The fact that Trump had the audacity to walk out before even negotiating with the Democrats is unpresidential and extremely rude of him to do.

As a result of his pettiness, according to NBCNews, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may have to force furloughed workers to come back without pay to get inspections done. Until this happens, FDA workers will not be looking for salmonella in breakfast cereals, E. coli in romaine lettuce, or listeria in ice cream.

According to Vox, the economic cost of the shutdown will be equivalent to the amount that Trump wants for his border wall. As of Monday, the U.S. economy lost $3.6 billion compared to the $5 billion border wall.

Trump needs to end this shutdown as not only is the economy taking hits but federal government employees are going home without any pay.

According to Los Angeles Times, families will not be able to claim their tax refunds and to make up for this, Trump will call additional 36,100 IRS employees back to work, without pay, to process tax refunds.

Hundreds of Transportation Security Administration workers have called in sick rather than work without pay, leaving long lines at security checks.

According to The Washington Post, many departments have come to the point of having to call back their workers as the shutdown continues.

This shutdown has come to the point where the health of Americans are at risk, and federal workers are going to work without pay, costing the U.S. economy billions of money, and leaving airports without officers to secure flights all because of a border wall.

Trump needs to re-open the government and stop throwing tantrums about his border wall like a child wanting candy.