Government Shutdown

Will there be a government shutdown on April 28, 2017?

April 26th – Trump’s latest threat

According to a Washington Post article Trump is threatening to cut off cost-sharing reductions (CSRs), which subsidize lower out-of-pocket costs for millions of Americans to force Democrats to agree to fund his Wall. “The White House just ratcheted up its threat to destroy Obamacare, a Democratic aide says.”

Here are the Government Shutdown facts:

We haven’t had a budget in Fiscal Year 2017 because Congress has been unable to come to an agreement on all aspects of our huge Omnibus Budget Bill. Instead they have passed continuing resolutions which are stop gap measures to keep the government open and functioning.

Read more about continuing resolutions here: Legislative Process 101:  Continuing Resolutions (or “Doing the Bare Minimum”)

The current continuing resolution deadline is April 28th. Bipartisan progress on a bill to keep the government functioning through the end or this fiscal year has been made over the past month.

Then, On March 16th the Trump administration asked Congress to approve a “supplemental request” for $3 billion to begin funding his executive orders through September, 2017.  The request includes $1.4 billion to begin building the border wall, $1.2 billion to build more detention facilities, and funding to hire 10,000 ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) agents in 2018.

This is a non-starter for Democrats.They don’t want these requests to be simply added to the 2017 budget without debate, and public input. (NOTE: expect them to oppose inclusion in the 2018 budget as well).

Republicans are anxious not to be blamed for another government shutdown. With control of all three branches of government, this is their battle to lose.

Government Shutdown Resources:

Washington Post: Trump and Congress eye shutdown showdown over border wall

Politico:  5 reasons the government might shut down

NBC News: White House Optimism on Shutdown Complicated by Trump Demands

Politico:  White House Eyes Harder Line on shutdown talks