YAY! US Officials Have Reached A Deal To Reopen The Government For Three Weeks!

By

Word Count

317 words

Reading Level

Listen to Article

President Trump announces the temporary reopening of the US Government (Credit: The White House/YouTube)

The longest federal shutdown in US history has finally ended! At around midday on January 25, 2019, President Donald Trump and US Congressional leaders agreed to reopen the government, which has been partially shut since December 21, 2018, for three weeks until February 15, 2019. Lawmakers from both parties believe this will give them enough time to reach a compromise on President Trump’s $5.7 billion request to build a US – Mexico border wall, which has caused the lengthy shutdown.

The agreement came as the impasse stretched into its 35th day, two weeks longer than the previous federal government closure record of 21 days. The impetus for US lawmakers to get a short-term funding bill approved came after effects of the prolonged shutdown started to become increasingly apparent.

Members of the American Federation of Government Employees protest against the shutdown in Washington DC, on January 10, 2019 (Credit: AFGE/Wikimedia Commons/[CC BY 2.0)

The most visible impact were the significant flight delays due to the increase in the unpaid air traffic controllers calling in sick. Their absence forced federal officials to restrict the number of flights in and out of busy airports such as New York, Newark, Philadelphia, and Washington DC., grounding thousands of travelers for hours. Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., said on Friday that the airport delays in particular "ratchets up pressure tremendously" to reopen the government, adding that the being forced to continue to ground flights could prove "very damaging to the American economy."

Also affected is the Internal Revenue Service. The agency reported that 14,000 unpaid employees in its tax processing and call centers did not show up for work this week, further straining the already stretched resources.

Whether the temporary funding measure takes into account the two paychecks the 800,000 government employees have missed due to the shutdown is unclear. But they will at least not have to worry about how to feed their families for three weeks, or, hopefully, ever again, if US lawmakers can agree on a long-term funding bill by February 15, 2019.

Resources: CNN.com, QZ.com, adn.com

Workbook

Get the Workbook for this article!

Workbook contains: Article, Reading Comprehension, Critical Thinking Questions, Vocabulary in Context (+ answers), Multiple Choice Quiz (+ answers), Parts of Speech Quiz (+ answers), Vocabulary Game (+ answers)
Cite Article
Learn Keywords in this Article
333 Comments
  • adroit_avimimus
    This was pretty good! Still fascinated how that was the longest federal shutdown in US history!
    • adalyn_p
      adalyn_p4 months
      I am still rooting for him.
      • adalyn_p
        adalyn_p4 months
        I miss him a lot. 🥺
        • savage_love123
          savage_love123over 1 year
          Ok yay something right he did that's great has anyone heard he is not president anymore :-(
          • ayyyyyyover 3 years
            there is a bunch of things going on in mexico but we do not need a wall they should just let all Mexicans go war-ever they want to go its not there fault they were not born in the u.s i know that there is a lot of drugs and human trafficking but that why they have K9'S so they can check the cars like they are doing right now i just think that is nit a good idea.
            • ayyyyyyover 3 years
              they are saving millions of lives😝
              • somebodyover 3 years
                the right thing to do is calm down.
                • nobody over 3 years
                  Donald "as soon as possible" is not good enough.. these people want money with their jobs
                • BallerinaEPICover 3 years
                  We should not do wall the U.S. Is already spending way to much money we owe other countries trillions of dollars! Not good.:-(
                  • bossy
                    bossyover 3 years
                    yay!!!!!! He's doing something right finally👏👏👏👏👍👍👍