The United States of America, may be facing a government shutdown soon enough. Funding is soon running out and lawmakers are scrambling to soften the blow this time around. The White House, will have to change things up sort of speak. Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney mentioned, that things will be handled differently than what the Obama administration did.
The estimated population of the United States, now stands at 323.1 million people, according to a 2016 census report. The may well mean, many government workers will be sent home or less hours allocated. The actual data isn’t available, but there are estimated to be more than 40 million people who make a living working for the government.
Roughly, 17% of the American labor pool owes its living to the taxpayer. This is an astonishing reality for many people out there. Statistically, one out of every six workers will be affected by such a shutdown.
White House Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short said, President Trump is calling for lawmakers and is actively working to prevent such a shutdown. Under Trump’s administration, things will be handled very differently by comparison to the 16-day lapse from 2013.
Mick Mulvaney told reporters Friday morning. “One of the things that I’ve learned since I’ve been in this office, there’s no other way to describe it, but the Obama administration weaponized the shutdown in 2013. What they didn’t tell you was that they did not encourage agencies to use carry-forward funds, funds that they were sitting on, nor did they encourage agencies to use transfer authority. They could have made the shutdown much less impactful, but they chose to make it worse.”
It seems at this point, there is about a 50/50 chance that the government will shutdown. For how long and what resolutions will need to be made, will certainly need to be adjusted. The House last night, passed another continuing resolution that would extend current funding levels through Feb. 16.
The Senate however, is still debating the legislation and chances of passage appear slim. Select agencies are reminding their employees about their shutdown contingency plans and are preparing beyond those plans as well.
Despite tensions and debate, Mick Mulvaney mentioned that likely civilian and military employees will eventually get paid. Congress has introduced legislation, which would guarantee pay for federal employees in the likely event of a government shutdown.
Lawmakers are also calling for a 3% pay raise increase for all federal employees as well.
(Source: Federal News Radio)