Trump Attempts to Force Congress to Have Taxpayers Pay for Border Wall; Partial Federal Government Shutdown a Real Threat

Published December 20, 2018

WASHINGTON — In an apparent gesture to appease to his base, President Donald Trump has reversed his promise to sign stop-gap spending bill that was passed by the U.S. Senate on Wednesday and was thought to have support of the House. The bill would avert a partial shutdown of the federal government during Christmas. The measure would have kept the government working until February 8, 2019.

Trump indicated yesterday he would sign the measure. Then, he went back on his word on Thursday.

“Any measure that funds the government has to include border security,” Trump said in an event at the White House. He added, “Walls work, whether we like it or not. They work better than anything.”

At issue is $5 billion to fund the wall at the southern border of the United Statets that Trump promised his base during the 2016 presidential election. Of course, back then, candidate Trump was telling his supporters he would have Mexico pay for the wall. Mexico has never agreed to fund the wall. Now, Trump wants American taxpayers to pay for a wall that 54 percent of Americans feels is completely unnecessary and maintain ti won’t help secure the southern border. The strongest support for Trump’s imagined wall is two-thirds of white Republican males who support the project.

If there is no resolution, the government will be partially shutdown after midnight on Friday night.

What a federal government means to Indian Country

It was unclear on Thursday afternoon exactly how Indian Country would be impacted by a partial federal government shutdown. However, below is what happened in Janurary 2018 when the government was shutdown:

Certain essential services will be operation even with a shutdown, such as, such as law enforcement and firefighting, according to the Bureau of Indian Affairs. And Indian Health Service hospitals and clinics will stay open.

However, non-essential services, such as nutrition programs,  foster care payments, financial assistance for who live in poverty and anti-elder-abuse programs. Many of tribal employees employed under non-essential services will face loss of income during the period of time the shutdown continues.

Other services, such as social security offices will be closed. National parks will be closed.

In the meantime, Trump is reportedly leaving Friday for his Florida resort for two weeks.

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