The government shutdown may potentially go on for a long time. Congress is currently on break for the holidays. They will receive a 24-hour notice when it is time for them to vote. They are supposed to meet on Thursday, but only a few people are expected to be around for the meeting.
President Trump stated that he was willing to do whatever it took to get border security. The government shutdown started on Saturday December 22,2018. It is estimated that 420,000 workers in the United States are working without pay. Over 380,000 workers have been furloughed.
Mark Meadows is a Republican representative from North Carolina. He is also a Trump ally. He stated that President Trump is firm on his stance and wants to secure the border. He also stated that if anyone thinks that the President will yield, then they are mistaken.
Last week, the Senate approved funding that would keep the government open until February. The $1.3 billion in funding is going to provide border security, but it will not pay for the wall. However, the Senate did not have enough votes to keep the government open.
Kevin Hassett is the chairman of the White House’s Council for Economic Advisors. He stated that the government shutdown will not affect 2019 economic growth. He also stated that even if the government is shut down for a few weeks, it will not have any major effects on the economic outlook. They are expecting the economy to be even stronger in 2019.
It is estimated that 52,000 IRS workers have been furloughed due to the government shutdown. Everyone who works at NASA has been furloughed. Eighty percent of the people who work at national parks have been forced to stay home due to the shutdown. Additionally, many of the national parks have been closed.