The Government Shutdown Update


Courtesy of the New York Times

Aliyah Hernandez, Circulation Manager

Though there won’t be another shutdown happening anytime soon, Trump’s wall will be funded and ready to go. A few hours before signing the legislation, Trump declared a national emergency, which can be called whenever the president feels is appropriate, when Congress refused to give Trump the billions of dollars he needs to build his wall.

On Friday 15, 2019, though, President Trump signed a legislation (or law) to fund the government until September 30, 2019. This legislation prevented another shutdown from happening on February 16.

According to White House officials, the national emergency allows the president to redirect $3.6 billion from military construction projects to the wall. Trump will also gain $600 million from a Treasury Department asset forfeiture fund, which is the money created by the Justice Department from seizures of criminal activity, and $3.6 billion from military construction projects.

A national emergency also allows the president to access federal funds for “noncrucial” projects, which includes Trump’s wall. Using the funds of the Treasury Department and from the military construction projects will help Trump and his approved $1.378 billion budget get the border wall.