April 26, 2017

Question of the Week — Will the White House’s Demands Cause the Federal Government to Shut Down?

By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team

A standoff between Democrats and Republicans (and Republicans and Republicans) has put the U.S. on the cusp of a federal government shutdown. If a government spending bill is not passed by Friday, then the government will no longer be able to fund itself. While both parties seem to be in agreement that such a shutdown is a bad idea, it’s unclear if either side will budge before the deadline.

Fortunately, federal law enforcement and emergency work would continue even in the event of a shutdown. However, when a similar shutdown occurred in 2013, it led to a host of problems including federal workers being furloughed and others being asked to work without pay. Any federal shutdown is sure to be disastrous—health care, transportation, and education are only some of the basic services that will be affected.

As the Friday deadline looms, President Trump’s administration seems to be focused on the pressure of another significant deadline instead: Saturday marks its 100th day in office. While nothing official happens on a president’s 100th day, it has long been an unofficial marker for an administration’s progress. While President Trump recently decried the “ridiculous standard of the first 100 days,” he had a remarkably different tune on the campaign trail; then-candidate Trump laid out a far-reaching agenda for this period. Perhaps feeling the pressure of such grand ambitions, the White House is reportedly insisting that any spending bill (i.e. the bill necessary to keep the government open) include border wall money. According to the NY Times:

Seeking to squeeze Democrats, [Director of the Office of Management and Budget] Mick Mulvaney has offered a trade of sorts: $1 of subsidy payments under the Affordable Care Act—paid to insurers to lower deductibles and other costs for low-income consumers who buy plans through the law’s marketplaces — in exchange for every $1 to pay for the border wall that the president wants to build.

Despite an apparent willingness to hold the government hostage for his border wall, President Trump was quick to clarify, in no uncertain terms, that he still holds to his campaign promise that Mexico will be reimbursing the US for the costs of the border wall tweeting, “[e]ventually, but at a later date so we can get started early, Mexico will be paying, in some form, for the badly needed border wall.”

What do you think? Will the White House’s Demands Cause the Federal Government to Shut Down?

Will the White House's Demands Cause the Federal Government to Shut Down?

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