As most of you already know, the government was shut down for a brief period of time because the budget could not be agreed upon in Congress and a deadline forced a shutdown of our government. Today (Monday), a short-term spending bill was passed by the House, the Senate, and then signed by Trump. This bill does not mean that congress has come to an agreement on the budget and its passage only provided funding until February 8th. There will still be much debate in the future about many government policies like DACA, immigration, military spending, disaster relief, and health care before a full budget bill can be passed.
Our government has been especially problematic recently on agreeing on certain topics which makes it very difficult to pass legislation in Congress like budget bills. This makes me worry because the Republicans control every branch of government and therefore should be able to implement their policies without much opposition. This phenomenon either signifies a divided Republican party or an ineffective American governmental system. Either way, I feel like the remaining years of Trump's presidency are not going to be any easier.
1. Do you think both parties will be able to come to an agreement on immigration policies before the short-term bill expires?
2. Do you think that the government shutdown will make the Democrats and Republicans want to work together more or will it just drive them farther apart.