The Government Shutdown: What you need to know

As we enter the third week of the government shutdown, LA Mundi News brings you a guide to help you understand the shutdown of the federal government.

What departments and agencies are affected by the shutdown? The Department of Homeland Security (which just this week saw TSA officials call in sick to protest their forced work without pay), the Department of Justice, the State Department, the Treasury Department, and agencies like the EPA and NASA. There’s also the National Parks, which, due to insufficient funds (because of the shutdown) a man died at Yosemite National Park. The National Park service has also been charging additional fees to combat the funding problem, which some say is illegal.

How long will it last? Government shutdowns don’t have an expiration date. They end when both parties agree on a new budget resolution for the next year. The last big shutdown, in 2013, lasted thirteen days. However, President Trump told reporters that the shutdown could last for months and maybe even years.

Who does the shutdown look worse for? At the moment, it looks bad for President Trump, especially after his remarks about the duration of the shutdown. However, during a shutdown during the Clinton administration, at first, it looked like public favor was behind then-Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich but as shutdown dragged on, they began to support the Clinton administration and saw Gingrich as uncompromising, which led to the end of the shutdown.

What are federal workers doing? Some 380,000 federal employees have been furloughed, while another 420,000 are forced to work without pay. TSA workers fall into the latter group.

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