Shortly before Christmas, the United States taxes on a possible “Shutdown” – part of the government shops have still. It is very likely that it will come to it, said US President Donald Trump on Friday in Washington.

He made the Democrats responsible, and agreed to longer periods of turbulence: “We are absolutely prepared for a very long Shutdown.” To midnight local time – Saturday morning 6 o’clock German time – must be decided on the budget for several Federal ministries. Otherwise, would Parts of the U.S. government the money. Employees would then be sent to a forced vacation, some Offices and agencies will be closed.

Trump calls that, for the regular budget for several ministries also money for the long-required wall on the border to Mexico is provided. Otherwise, he does not want such a Budget bill, not sign it – and without the signature of the President. It should be up to the expiry of the deadline, no agreement is reached, will automatically enter the Shutdown mode.

it is Not the defence, education, health, and the Ministry of labour, because for these areas already in September, a longer-term budget had been passed would be affected. In the case of a “Shutdown” will be important areas for the security in the country responsible to maintain: for example, the police or the border guard.

According to the Report of the broadcaster CNN would be several hundred thousand of the government servants concerned, who would for the time being, no salary or forcibly would be on leave. How big is the impact for the population would be, for example, by the closure of national parks, Offices, museums or other public institutions, was initially unclear.

In the past, it is in the USA stands a recurring basis such still to come: at the end of January, for instance, it had been a budget freeze of a few days, at the beginning of February, the “Shutdown”mode only lasted a few hours. The longest freeze was about the turn of the year 1995/1996 a period of 21 days.

Trump threatened to not provide the Congress the financial means for the construction of a border wall, will come to a standstill, “which will last for a long time”. He blamed the Democrats for the situation, because you don’t want to meet his demand.

a half weeks Ago, Trump had to guess, however, at a Meeting with the political group leaders of the Democrats in the Senate and in the house of representatives, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, in a battle of words in front of a camera, said still, if it come to a Shutdown, he the on his cap. “I’m not going to make you responsible for it”, he said as to the address of the Top Democrats. No, he was even “proud of the government for border security”.

Democrats, by contrast, Trump when it come to the “Shutdown”, the system from alone in his responsibility. There is in the US Senate for funding of the border wall, said Schumer on Friday called on Trump, his “Shutdown”-strategy, which is nothing more than a tantrum. “President Trump, you will not get the wall,” he said.

The – still – of Trumps the Republicans the house of representatives, which is dominated on Thursday after a lot of Back-and-Forth a template decided in the 5.7 billion dollars for such a wall are provided. On Friday, the Senate should vote on it. A sufficient majority for the template but was not in sight: Republicans who will have to Sit in the chamber, a majority of 52, are in need of additional votes from the ranks of the Democrats, a majority of 60 needed votes.

another Problem is that some politicians are already in the Christmas holiday. Trump even wanted to leave on Friday to a break after Florida. If it comes to a Shutdown, he will not fly, however, it was said from the White house.

Trump had promised his followers in the presidential election campaign, a wall on the border to Mexico, and actually at the expense of the Mexicans. For him, perhaps the last opportunity to realize his Central campaign promise is now, therefore, be a hard course. As of January, the house of representatives by the Democrats dominated. A majority for the financing of a wall does not appear to be realistic.


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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.


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