The longest government shutdown took place on January 22nd after 35 days. The stalemate was triggered when Democratic lawmakers refused to accept a federal budget providing $ 5.7 billion for President Trump's border wall.
Monday, news was announced that US lawmakers had reached an interim agreement to avoid a new closure of the government. Reuters said Tuesday that "Congressional advisers have said they do not contain the $ 5.7 billion that President Donald Trump wants for a border wall." CNN announced Wednesday that Trump should sign the agreement, which includes $ 1.375 billion for a border fence, before the Friday deadline.
Lawmakers on both sides are determined to avoid a new ruling and to prevent Trump from declaring a national emergency. And Senator Marco Rubio (RS) said he was "optimistic" about the stalemate in the United States.
"I think they're stupid, they're really stupid."
"Government closures are not good," Rubio told Yahoo Finance on Wednesday. "In fact, I think they are stupid. They are really stupid. They are not a good lever for anything, and I think one of the things that has certainly been learned here in recent years is that there is no problem in America for which the American people are ready to overthrow the government. "
Senator Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican, on the right, addresses US President Donald Trump at a meeting with bipartisan congressional members in the White House Cabinet Room in Washington, DC, US United, Wednesday, February 28, 2018. (Photo: Joshua Roberts / Bloomberg via Getty Images)
The GOP senator's comments echoed former White House economic advisor Gary Cohn, who stated on the 27th day of the partial judgment that the situation was "completely wrong" and that absolutely no sense.
The recent closure affected the lives of nearly 800,000 federal employees who were granted unpaid leave or work, as well as tens of thousands of contractors. This has also had an impact on several government agencies, including the Ministry of Transportation, the Treasury Department and the Department of Homeland Security. As a result, tax refunds were likely to be delayed by the IRS, TSA employees began to refuse to report for work, and the FAA had to suspend flights to New York LaGuardia Airport. because of a shortage of air traffic controllers.
"We all have priorities that we believe in," said Rubio. "I am a strong supporter and a strong supporter of border security. I do not think the way to do that is to use a government shutdown as a lever. So I think we can avoid it, but it is a problem we will have to continue working on, because we have a major problem at the US border and a major problem of illegal immigration. "
A whole series of government agencies have been hampered by the government's longest closure. (Graphic: David Foster / Yahoo Finance)
The non-parliamentary budget office of Congress reported that the last government shutdown cost the United States about $ 11 billion, of which at least $ 3 billion was permanently lost due to the loss of productivity of laid-off workers and the slowdown of economic activity. Ironically, this is almost double the $ 5.7 billion requested by Trump for its border wall.
Rubio said that he did not know if the president was going to sign the agreement, but the structure of the agreement gives Trump the flexibility "without having to go beyond his constitutional powers allowing him to build new constructions to make real progress in building border gates, whether it's the wall or the wall. " whatever they are, these days and the slats or what you have, but to secure more border, which is one of its fundamental promises. "
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