Government re-opens, a good sign or bad sign?


By Isabela Casimiro , Perspectives Editor

President Donald Trump signed a temporary funding bill to re-open the government until Feb. 15 on Friday after the longest government shutdown in U.S. history.

According to MSNBC, two separate bills were presented to the Senate, one from each party. The Democrat’s bill did not include wall funding and it proposed to open the government for three weeks for negotiation. The Republican’s bill proposed to re-open the government in exchange of $5.7 billion in wall funding and included temporary protection for some immigrants.

In December, Trump vowed to not “cave in” to the Democrats in re-opening the government unless he got funding for his wall. However, Trump did not receive a single penny for wall funding and federal workers went without their first paycheck all for what?

According to CNN, Trump “caved in” when there were massive air delays and air traffic controllers began calling in sick on Friday morning.

That’s not all that happened.

The FBI claimed that the shutdown was making the country less safe as there was no funding for counterterrorism efforts.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) canceled flights for the lack of TSA workers in airports to secure air safety.

Even Coast Guard members were not getting their paychecks so they had to resort to food pantries to be able to eat.

It took all of this just for Trump to realize that the shutdown is affecting millions of American citizens and their families.

If Trump and Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schummer, couldn’t work out a deal before the shutdown began, what makes this negotiation any different?

As reported by the Washington Examiner, Trump warned in his speech on Friday that he will declare a national emergency if no deal is reached about border wall funding during the three weeks.

The temporary re-opening of the government may or may not result in a deal that both parties can agree to. Whatever the result may be, all the American people are pleading for are no more government shutdowns.