26 Jan 2019

US: Trump temporarily ends longest government shutdown in history

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US: Trump temporarily ends longest government shutdown in history
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Ananya Mehta

Ananya Mehta

Asked on 26 January, 2019

What are US government shutdowns?

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US government shutdowns refer to a situation when the Congress fails to pass or the President refuses to sign legislation approving funding for US federal government services and agencies. In this case, the Congress has failed to reach a funding agreement. During shutdowns, many non-essential services are stopped, and federal employees either work without pay, or are barred from working.

Vibhore Jindal

Vibhore Jindal

Asked on 26 January, 2019

How much money does Trump want for his border wall?

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Trump wants $5.7bn for constructing the US-Mexico border wall.

Sanvi Pawar

Sanvi Pawar

Asked on 26 January, 2019

How many shutdowns happened under the Trump administration?

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There have been three government shutdowns under the Trump administration - all three happened in 2018-19. The first shutdown took place in January and lasted three days. The second shutdown happened in February, but was resolved. The third shutdown just ended.

Amit Lobo

Amit Lobo

Asked on 26 January, 2019

Will federal employees never get paid for the work they do during shutdowns?

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That is unlikely to be the case. Federal employees are general paid retroactively when government shutdowns end.