By Arden Lunay
On Friday, January 25, the longest government shutdown in US history paused until February 15 when President Trump signed a bill to reopen temporarily. The shutdown is not completely over because Trump has yet to receive the $5.7 billion needed for his wall on the border of United States and Mexico, but with 800,000 federal employees not getting paid since December 22, many were putting pressure on the president to compromise.
While American taxpayers are still not responsible for the hefty price tag on the border wall, they now are responsible for the cost of a government shutdown. When taking into consideration the decrease of spending by the 800,000 federal employees, along with needing to pay 380,000 workers who did not have to come into work, the price tag of the shutdown, taxes not being earned by the government from employees paychecks, out-of-pocket costs that had to be covered by organizations that usually receive government grants, and an overall disrupted economy, experts estimate the cost of the shutdown to total around $40 billion.
The #ShutdownStories has captured the personal effects of the shutdown on the people who weren’t being paid or people who rely on those federal employees. Air traffic control had become more and more risky by the day, resources at the FBI were running thin, food safety was becoming a concerning issue after the FDA stopped inspecting food, and 42,000 immigrant cases were delayed, in a backlog that is already around 800,000 people.
Many people are questioning whether or not the shutdown was worth it. People across the country now must wait in anticipation to see if President Trump and the legislative branch will compromise in order to avoid the shutdown beginning again in February.