In the U.S., shutdowns are a situation where the government fails to pass funding legislation to finance the its spending. The legislature must sort to a stopgap measure to extend the finances. Professor Costas of Northeastern University explains what may be the after effects of a government shutdown and is it in any way the right step by the officials.
Various activities and day to day expenses are ceased during a shutdown. These may include non-payment of government workers, closing of health care programs, and various other schemes. The worse has to be ending of the health programs on which millions of needy and poor people depend. Almost four hundred and twenty thousand workers will be sent home without pay. However, services such as post, defence, and government benefits will continue to work. The government will shut down temporarily. However, even a temporary shutdown can cause countless problems and halt the country’s economic growth.
The most recent shutdown took place in the U.S. on 22nd December, 2018. The shutdown lasted for 35 days until 25th January, 2019. The reason for this shutdown was due to disagreement on the U.S. and Mexico wall funding between the democrats and President Trump. Trump failed to secure the additional $5 Billion required to construct the wall as he desired. Hence, This led to the longest and largest shutdown in the history of the U.S.
There are many reasons why a government official would favour a shutdown. In earlier years, governments would do everything possible to not have a shutdown. However, in recent times, that has not been the case. According to the professor, it maybe to get the opportunity to point fingers at others for the shutdown. The government officials may use this to escape their own mistakes and faults. It is due to the reason that the frequency in government shutdowns is rising. There is a lack of stability and support in the Trump administration.