Looming Government shut down during the holiday season

El Paso News

With the looming government shutdown. The White House now says President Trump might be willing to accept less than five billion dollars for his border wall. There is still no deal and the dead line is Friday.

“At the end of the day we don’t want to shut down the Government, we want to shut down the border”, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. 

Experts say if it happens, a government shutdown would affect many along the border especially at this time of year.

“Forcing workers in the department of homeland security to work without being paid. They would eventually be compensated at the end, but they would have to work for the whole end of the year with their Christmas expenses and credit card bills coming in. They would not pay the ports of entry and Border Patrol”, Says UTEP Professor of trade issues Josiah Heyman.

Its because of the looming change in power for the standoff in Washington. With democrats ready to take control of the House of Representatives. According to UTEP Political Science Professor Charles Boehmer.

He says, “Right now, The President has been saying he’d be willing to do it , but he may be looking for a compromise. Republicans in the House and in the Senate are looking fo a compromise. The Democrats are not going to blink when they are going to be controlling the house”.

Senior congressional Democrats have rejected an offer to keep the Government open. Leaving the border in limbo just days before the holidays. 

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