Government shutdown averted for the time being

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin have announced an informal agreement that would allow for a stopgap government wide funding bill (https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/pelosi-mnuchin-agree-plan-avoid-government-shutdown-72800415). According to their agreement the bill will remain free of partisan controversy or conflict. While the agreement is informal, both sides have said that it is expected to pass without issue. If this agreement is fulfilled when Congress returns next week they will avoid the impending government shutdown set for the end of September.


Unfortunately the Trump administration is no stranger to government shutdowns. The government shutdown for three days in January of 2018 as Congress could not come to an agreement over the issue of immigration policy and funding for DACA. A second government shutdown occurred between December 2018 and January 2019 and is the longest federal shutdown to date, lasting 35 days. This shutdown centered around the issue of a new wall along the Mexican border, one of Trump's primary campaign promises during the 2016 election.


While this agreement is a step in the right direction, talks between the two parties have stalled on further COVID relief. With the November election looming in the distance, will Congress and the White House be able to accomplish meaningful legislation, or will partisan politics prevent further action until 2021?


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