Summary: This week’s final round focuses on the US Government’s funding and spending. Other topics include the Trump’s travel ban reaching the Supremes, the Korean Olympics, cybersecurity, and much more!
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About "Government Shutdown (Round 2)"
The last threat of a shutdown (threatened in August 2017 when we wrote about it there, too). We were spared the shutdown then, but the current negotiations appear much more tense this time around. It if happens, it would be the first official shutdown since 2013.
This week’s extemp topic will likely change by the time this publishes 1/22/18. At the time of this writing (1/19/18), Congress is speedily negotiating over a short term funding measure. The House passed it, but it is said to likely fail in the Senate, even with some Republican defections. Donald Trump has his hand in the negotiations, too, even personally meeting with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Sixty votes are needed to keep the government open, which would need some Democrat support.
Government doesn’t really “shut down” during a shutdown. In reality, 17% of government services (those deemed “non-essential”) will stop, but 83% will continue. That said, a shutdown would carry some disadvantages. Democrats are attempting to use this political leverage to secure protections for Dreamers (children of illegal immigrants). No matter how this drama ends, extempers will most likely get questions about the real or anticipated shutdown, as well as its resulting impacts.
This week’s final round focuses on the US Government’s funding and spending. Other topics include the Trump’s travel ban reaching the Supremes, the Korean Olympics, cybersecurity, and much more!
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