Partial Government Shutdown


Mark Makela

Federal workers "need to work"

Reagan White, News Editor

It is day 28 of the longest Government shutdown in United States history, surpassing the previous record of 21 days in 1995-96. The partial shutdown, due to a political stalemate over border security, is costing the United States’s economy a colossal amount of money. $5.6 billion was requested by President Trump to go towards funding a wall at the U.S./Mexico border. Ironically, the shutdown has cost the U.S. $4.7 billion thus far, or 85% of what President Trump requested in the first place. According to S&P Global Ratings, the U.S. GDP is losing about $1.2 billion every single week of the partial government shutdown, and since the shutdown doesn’t have a near end in sight, the money lost from the partial government shutdown will likely exceed the amount of money originally requested by the President for the wall. Considering that 800,000 federal workers are not receiving a paycheck, and that United States politics are so divided, can compromise even exist in this situation? It is very unlikely.