Politics

Trump Administration Faces Risk Of Government Shut Down

| by Shani Shahmoon

President Donald Trump's 100th day in office may be the start of a government shut down.

Trump presented his budget on March 16 but was hit with an unexpected surprise when his American Health Care Act was dropped. The bill was introduced on March 20 and despite its huge support from Paul Ryan, received a huge wave of condemnation after its release and was officially withdrawn on March 24.

A bill was passed in December 2016 to keep the government running through April. But, with this major legislative setback and the current budget plan presented by Trump, many government officials suspect that the government will shut down on Trump's 100th day in office.

As Vanity Fair explains, Ryan is put in the same place that John Boehner was prior to the last government shutdown in 2013.

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Ryan has two options, and it seems to be a lose-lose situation.

If Ryan sticks with his party lines, and agrees to defund Planned Parenthood and any other organization that offers abortions, the budget plan will most definitely be filibustered by Democrats and will likely not pass because Democrats hold enough seats to black the vote -- and the government will shut down.

Or alternatively, he can remove the amendment regarding Planned Parenthood in trade for more Democratic backing, but still face a filibuster led by Republicans, which will ultimately lead to a government shut down.

Republican unity seems shaken under Trump's administration, and not just on reproductive laws.

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For example, The Hill explains that Republican Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada is said to be partnering with rookie Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez of Nevada. The two are compiling a letter to Trump's appointed Energy Secretary, Rick Perry, and the director of the Office of Management and Budget, Mick Mulvaney, opposing an aspect of the presented budget plan which "would restart licensing to store nuclear waste in Yucca Mountain."

With the Republican block strained, despite its majority in all branches, any prevision presented by the Trump administration at a potential risk, Vanity Fair reports.

A top republican, who chose to keep their name private in an interview with Axios, has gone so far as to say that given this, a shut down is "more likely than not."

Yahoo! Finance outlined the timeline that will be followed to reach an agreement: There are only 12 legislative days scheduled until April 28, so only 12 meetings to discuss the budget and come to an agreement.

The Obama administration faced the most recent shutdown in October of 2013, nearly a year into former President Barack Obama's second term. It lasted 16 days, AOL reports.

The longest shutdown was in the mid 1990s under former President Bill Clinton, which was reportedly actually two shutdowns combined that lasted 27 days. 

Sources: AOL, Yahoo! Finance, Daily Mail, Vanity Fair, The Hill / Photo credit: San Antonio Express-News via Houston Chronicle

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