The government shutdown began on December 22nd, 2018, with only a portion of government agencies. This is now the longest ever government shutdown, as President Donald Trump continues to demand more than $5 billion for a US-Mexico border wall.
Democrats say they will not agree to any new money to fund the wall. There are growing negative effects of the shut down as many government employees are not getting paid. Trump has threatened to keep the government partially closed for months or even years.
Nine departments are affected including Homeland Security, Justice, State and Treasury, and several agencies including the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and NASA. Many TSA (Transportation Security Administration) workers are continuing to work unpaid. Many were forced to quit work due to financial hardship.
Many law enforcement workers including F.B.I., the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration), the Bureau of Prisons, Customs and Border Protection, the Coast Guard, and the Secret Service are also working without pay.
Ironically, many cases are being delayed, especially immigration cases. Because of this, many deportations are being delayed.
380,000 of the 800,000 Cabinet department employees have been temporarily laid off while the rest are still working without pay. Many are finding other jobs, at least temporarily to stay afloat during the shutdown. Many have turned to sites like GoFundMe to raise funds for rent and bills.
The food stamp program, along with other nutrition assistance programs like WIC (Women, Infants and Children) will only be able to use reserve funds until the end of February. Officials could not promise that those who receive the benefits would continue to receive them if the shutdown continues into March.
More than 2,500 grocery stores and other retailers cannot accept food stamps because their SNAP licenses were not renewed before the shutdown. If the government does not fully reopen by February 1st, nearly 270,000 rural families who receive subsidies through the USDA would be at risk of eviction.
Along with these effects, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) had suspended all routine inspections of domestic food-processing facilities. Some inspectors are back on the job without pay. The FDA encourages consumers to buy from trusted brands and rinse fruits and vegetables.
Trump’s latest proposal has recently been rejected. He said that in exchange for $5.7 billion for his wall, DACA recipients and those with Temporary Protected Status would get a 3-year stay on deportation.
The effects of the government shutdown are only rising and continuing to affect many people’s daily lives. Below is a list of government agencies and their status during the shutdown.