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Do you support a government shutdown?

During a heated public meeting with Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, President Trump stated in unequivocal terms that he was prepared to shut the government down if Congress did not approve his request for $5 billion to build the border wall in the year-end budget. The president has attempted to attach funding for the wall to several bills since taking office, without success. His early December statements seem to indicate he is not prepared to compromise. If a budget is not passed, several thousand government employees will go without pay. Is it worth it?

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The president has made building a wall on the United States' southern border the centerpiece of his platform since the earliest days of his 2016 campaign. While the wall does not enjoy support from Border Patrol agents or those who live in the area where it would be built, Trump continues to insist it is a national imperative. Per the Washington Post:

Trump wants $5 billion for the wall in 2019 while Democrats are offering only $1.3 billion — a gulf that showed no signs Tuesday of getting bridged.
Pelosi told Trump the House would not even be able to pass his $5 billion wall bill, but Trump insisted the House could but it would be pointless because it would not pass the Senate.
“OK then do it,” Pelosi challenged the president.
“Nancy I’d have it passed in two seconds,” Trump said.
He continued: “Nancy, I need 10 votes from Chuck,” referring to Senate math requiring 60 votes to advance spending bills, requiring participation from Democrats.
Schumer sought to interject and told Trump: “We have solutions that will pass the House and Senate right now and will not shut down the government, and that’s what we’re urging you to do. Not threaten to shut down the government because you can’t get your way.”

The president believes it is time to build the wall and is prepared to do anything in order to make that a reality.

While the president seems confident he could force Congress to concede and fully fund the wall by triggering a government shutdown, the reality seems far more complicated. Per Vox

On one hand, this is a familiar story — every spending fight under Trump has had some tension over the president’s beloved border wall proposal. It usually ends in some funding for border security that both Republicans and Democrats can declare as a victory and some angry Trump tweets about criminal immigrants.
But Trump says this time is different. The meeting, some of which was meant to be closed to the press, quickly devolved into a televised shouting match between Trump and the two Democratic leaders over immigration, each side staking out their political talking points.
In the House, a cohort of conservatives are reluctant to vote for major funding packages, a political reality that often forces Republican leaders to turn to Democrats in the lower chamber as well.
Pelosi was so confident of this dynamic that she dared Trump to push for the vote in the House and see the spending bill fail — even if it had funding for the wall.
“Well, let’s take the vote and find out,” she said.
Democrats weren’t scared of calling out Trump through every twist and turn in their talks. Trump uses fear about the border to rile up his base — which Schumer and Pelosi were quick to call out. Of course, the meeting was as much a political stage for Democrats as it was for Trump. From the beginning, Democrats staked out the wall as a tangible policy idea they could fight against with their voter base’s support.
And they’re not budging.
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With this gridlock comes real consequences for thousands of federal employees. They are pawns in a game of chicken between the legislative and executive branches, according to Bloomberg News

Congress and Trump previously approved funding bills for three quarters of the $1.2 trillion in operating expenses for federal agencies. As a result, only some agencies would be closed when funding runs out after Dec. 21, and even in those essential employees would still report to work.
Among those facing a partial shutdown are the Homeland Security Department, though many of the agency’s law enforcement agents will remain on the job because they’re considered essential. National parks would remain open but most employees who maintain them would be sent home. The Securities and Exchange Commission would halt new investigations except where needed “for the protection of property.” The Defense Department is funded and would operate normally.
An estimated 400,000 federal employees would work without pay and 350,000 would be furloughed, according to a congressional Democratic aide. The essential employees who work during a shutdown are paid retroactively when the government reopens and payroll operations resume. After previous shutdowns, Congress also has passed legislation to retroactively pay furloughed workers.
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