By Callie Culbertson
What’s more fun than blaming all your problems on your ex? Blaming them all on Congressional members of the opposing party!
The U.S. government shutdown has everyone playing the blame game. Whether you think the shutdown is Trump’s responsibility, the Republicans, or the Democrats here’s what you should know:
Congress has been putting off making a decision on the federal spending budget for this year harder than you put off telling your dad about your M.I.P. Freshman year, and has already asked for several extensions.
While you were slinging back tequila shots Friday night and sexting your ex, the U.S. Senate was trying – and failing – to pass a short term federal spending bill that would give them more time to propose an actual spending bill for the year.
You might ask, “why couldn’t they pass the spending bill?”
For the bill to be passed it needed 60 votes and Republicans only have 51 seats in the Senate, meaning the bill needed support from Democrats as well. Democrats used this opportunity as a way to attempt to force through their DACA agenda
DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival), due to President Cheeto Puff’s immigration plan, is set to expire in early March. Democrats refused to approve a spending bill unless action was taken for a permanent fix for this program.
Since the bill did not have the votes it needed to pass, including 6 Republicans who didn’t support it, the U.S. government began a partial shutdown Friday evening.
Meaning over 800,000 “non-essential” federal employees were put on unpaid leave. But don’t worry – your rich af Congressional members aren’t included in this number, they still get paid during shutdowns.
Fortunately for the 800,000 employees who were furloughed, Congressional Senators agreed Monday to reopen the government and grant yet another continuance on the federal spending bill. Congress now has until February 8th to come up with a bipartisan approved spending plan as well as legislation protecting DACA.
“Should be able to”…. seems hopeful!