Can’t come to an agreement has been a phrase we have been hearing for thirty-four days now. Thirty-four represents the number of days the government has been shut down, and the number of days that the Republicans and Democrats can’t get along to strike a deal to end this madness.
The shutdown started when Donald Trump requested $5.7 billion to fund the building of his planned border wall. The Democrats won the house this past term, entering the house seats at the start of 2019. The speaker of the house, Nancy Pelosi and the rest of the house Democrats decided against accepting President Trump's request, therefore causing friction between the house and the Senate, leading to the Shutdown of the government. What attempts have been made to end this shutdown in the past thirty or so days?
Nothing besides minor arguments and power struggles have taken place thus far. President Trump has made himself very clear, he will keep the government shutdown for however long it takes until he gets the money he asked for for the wall. He wants $5.7 billion, nothing less. This is why he rejected an offer from the House of $1.3 Billion dollars offer that came in the early days of the shutdown.
When that offer was declined, things only got worse. Nancy Pelosi says Trump will get no money, news that Trump responded to by threatening with a state of emergency. Declaring a state of emergency due to threats from the southern border would allow Trump to use military funds to build the wall. However, Trump is keeping that threat in his back pocket for now
More tension between Trump and Pelosi came when Pelosi was set to fly on a military plane on a tript o the middle east. Trump told Pelosi she could not use a government plane to fly overseas since the Government was shut down, Suggesting that she could fly commercially.
Without an agreement in sight, the American citizens are fed up, and government workers are suffering. Last weekend, President Trump thought the problem would be resolved. American people got excited to hear this news. Meetings between President Trump, Nancy Pelosi, and Chuck Schumer took place over the weekend of January 19th-20th. With a hope to put this mess all away, Trump offered the Democrats extension of programs DACA and TPS in return for the money for the wall. These programs are both set up to protect immigrants. Sadly, Pelosi and the house did not accept the offer.
All of this has led to today. Day thirty-four and still nothing in the sight of a resolution. Government workers are suffering. Families are suffering. It is time to let the egos go, and strike a deal for the American people.