Joe Raedle/Getty Images News/Getty Images

Why Would There Be A Government Shutdown? Congress Has A Tight Deadline

By
Ad failed to load

There's nothing like the beginning of December to get people in the mood for the holiday season, and apparently a possible government shutdown. The Republican tax reform bill has been dominating the news for a long time, but there's another bill that could cause problems. Congress needs to agree on a spending bill to prevent a government shutdown. The spending bill has been revised and revisited many times over the past few months, and now the GOP-controlled Congress has until Dec. 8 to create a temporary funding plan before funding expires and the government will temporarily shutdown. A common question right about now would be, why would there be a government shutdown?

How did we get to this point? Here's some background to help explain.

A government shutdown occurs when Republicans and Democrats cannot agree on a government spending plan, which has clearly been a problem this entire year. Congress still has not agreed on funding for the current fiscal year, which began Oct. 1. Instead, they passed a temporary spending bill in September, but that bill is set to expire on Dec. 8, which is why we have this deadline now. In order to prevent the shutdown, the Senate needs to get 60 votes to pass on a temporary plan, which means Republicans need 8 Democrats to vote.

Ad failed to load

So why can't they agree? Because Democrats and Republicans want money to be allocated differently and are having a hard time compromising. Democrats are pushing to protect the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which Trump originally said would be dismantled. Without guaranteed protection for DACA "Dreamers" in the spending bill, Democrats have promised to withhold their vote. Democrats also do not want increased military spending, which is something that Republicans originally proposed in their early versions of the spending bill. In February, Trump proposed to increase military spending by $54 million, and cut spending on nonmilitary programs relating to science, environment, education, and the arts.

Trump has continued to add fuel to the fire by suggesting that a government shutdown would signify a political win that would be good for him, according to a report by the Washington Post. At a rally in August, Trump also threatened a government shutdown saying, "even if we have to close down our government, we're building that wall," referring to the Mexico border wall that he still wants funding for. Democrats are in opposition for funding the wall, adding another reason why a compromise is hard to achieve.

Ad failed to load

What would happen if the government shuts down?

Aside from giving the GOP a worse reputation for not getting things under control, it would greatly affect the American public. If the government did shutdown, a number of government-run agencies would likely close down too. That includes national parks and zoos, passport and loan services, and a number of government workers would be temporarily out of a job. Things like the U.S. Postal Service, the military, and air traffic controllers would still run.

Ad failed to load

Each government shutdown, which has happened 18 times since the creation of the process in 1976, is different. The last time it happened was for 16 days in October 2013, where approximately 800,000 federal employees were forced into unpaid furlough for two weeks. Further more, millions of Veterans were at risk for financial benefits and assistance during those 16 days.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell assured people on Sunday, saying that a shutdown is "just not going to happen." I'm not so sure about that McConnell.

It's up to the GOP to orchestrate compromise, and it's up to all of our leaders, regardless of their party affiliations, to do their jobs not with hot-headed haste, but with a sense of diligent urgency. Four days, people!

Ad failed to load

Must Reads

13 Must-Have Experiences You Should Buy In Your 20s, Instead Of A New Couch

Life is one big experience. When you hit your 20s, though, you start getting pulled in the direction of your responsibilities. It isn't totally a bad thing, but you don't want to get so wrapped into adulting that you forget life's zest. Amazing exper…
By Jasmine Vaughn-Hall

I Tried Kim Kardashian's Weird Beauty Obsession & I Can't Stop Taking Selfies

You've been there before: You're scrolling through your Instagram feed when you see your favorite celeb post about their favorite new product — a face serum, vitamins that will make your skin brighter, or a specialty food service. You can't help but …
By Stephanie Montes

Where You Should Vacation This Summer, According To Your Zodiac Sign

Summer is so much more than just sweating in 90 degree weather and enjoying a long, lazy break from school (if you're lucky enough to still be in school). It's a time for making exciting new plans, falling madly and hopelessly in love, opening your m…
By Roya Backlund

Wander or Bust: The Amalfi Coast May Just Be The Most Beautiful Thing You'll Ever See

Wander or Bust is an Elite Daily travel series that follows young women all over the globe to record their journeys as they experience the thrill of the far-flung and unknown. They'll track their budgets, where they stay, where they eat and drink, a…
By Kaylin Pound

6 Brutally Honest Phases Of Life After A Breakup, Because You Will Survive 

If you've ever been through a bad breakup, you know that the struggle is real. For the weeks (or possibly months, if it was a really bad one) that follow, life can be rough, but there is always light at the end of the tunnel. Don't believe me? Just l…
By Rachel Shatto

Here's How You Can Find Out What Your Aura Color Is

Do you remember that movie Almost Famous? More specifically, the scene where William is trying to have a phone call with his mom, but a clairvoyant Band-Aid keeps shouting "Your aura is purple!" in his face? Well, that was the first time I had ever h…
By Roya Backlund

9 Women In Their 20s Reflect On The Advice They Wish They Had At Graduation

Graduating college can feel seriously scary. You've spent your entire life in school, working and preparing for the moment you enter the real world, but what happens when you get there? What if things don't go totally according to plan? You may have …
By Brittney Morgan

3 Early Signs You Are Going To Have Undeniable Chemistry With Your Crush

I don't know if there's anything better than the excitement of having a new crush — especially when that feeling's reciprocated. The butterflies that rush through your stomach as soon as they enter a room. The electricity that zips through your veins…
By Genevieve Wheeler

A Dentist Reveals The Best Times To Brush Your Teeth & It's Actually So Surprising

Do you brush your teeth twice a day? If you do, you're already way ahead of me, since I usually forget about brushing my teeth before bed at least three out of seven days of the week. I'm so bad about remembering to brush my teeth before bed, that I'…
By Caroline Burke

Emoji Pool Floats Are Here To Match Every Mood You’re In This Summer

Searching for the perfect poolside accessory to lounge around in this summer? This year’s hottest warm weather water trend isn’t a big floppy hat or designer sunglasses — it’s an emoji pool float. That’s right: Your favorite little digital expression…
By Rachel Murphy

Here's How Your Mood & Your Favorite Music Are Secretly Connected, According To Science

If you're someone who's likely to be found with ear buds in her ears at all times, you might not realize just how often you listen to music, or the ways in which it's really affecting you. From your morning commute to the tunes you blast while you co…
By Caroline Burke

This Is How Long It Takes For A Partner To Really Trust You, According To Experts

Trust is easily one of the most important parts of a healthy relationship, but typically, it's not something that's fully there from the start because it takes some time to build. How long it takes for a partner to trust you is a question that doesn'…
By Tayi Sanusi

7 Things You Forgot To Thank Your High School Friends For & Should ASAP

Friends are a dime a dozen, but a solid, genuine group of girlfriends can be difficult to come by. When you find your tribe, you need to stick with them until the end. For some lucky people, your high school friends have been your besties since day o…
By Rachel Chapman

These 3 Zodiac Signs Will Have The Best Week, So Bask In The Glory

It's officially the second week of May, and the warmth of spring has finally arrived. The birds are chirping, the sun is shining, and the bright weather is allowing everyone to finally break out their favorite pair of shorts. If you think the gorgeou…
By Roya Backlund

7 Men Reveal What Attracted Them To Their Last Crush & They'll Make You Swoon

He reminded me of Nate Archibald from Gossip Girl. That's legitimately what I found appealing about my most recent crush. Sorry, but it doesn't get any deeper than that. In other instances though, when I'm not trying to live out my lustful, adolescen…
By Sydnee Lyons

A Relationship Expert Reveals His Long-Distance Relationship Survival Guide

"Long-distance relationships are extremely relaxing and easy to navigate," said no one in a long-distance relationship ever. Whether you are bicoastal babes or a quick two-hour train ride apart, distance makes the heart grow fonder, but it also makes…
By Kimmy Foskett

How To Start Reading Tarot When You Have No Clue Where To Begin

I've been practicing tarot almost daily as part of my self-care routine for years. My favorite part of the day is putting on a face mask, pouring myself a blushing mimosa or some coffee, busting out a few crystals, and sitting down to spend a little …
By Minerva Siegel

This Company Is Hiring A Chief Donut Officer & I Can’t Apply Fast Enough

National Donut Day may not be until June 1, but one company is celebrating the sweet holiday a little early this year. This isn't your average discounted donut or a buy-one-get-one deal, either. Entenmann's is giving one lucky person the chance to li…
By Collette Reitz

7 Questions You Should Be Able To Answer About Your Life By The Time You Hit 30

Nobody has all of the answers in life, but you're probably pretty proud of yourself for how far you've come. Somewhere along the way, some of us got the hang of adulting and began to appreciate the unexpected things that come with being 20-something.…
By Marisa Casciano

8 Pickup Lines To Use In The Library During Finals Week To Find Your New Study Buddy

In the borderline eternity I’ve been on this planet — I’m 29, suckers! — I’ve rarely made the first move, verbal or otherwise. I admire my female friends who have no trouble approaching a person they find cute. I even admire the men who have approach…
By Kimmy Foskett
)}