In the recent 35-day shutdown, more than $9 billion in federal compensation went unpaid. The government was reopened for three weeks and it’s in the process of paying the amount owed to the workers who were furloughed.
The White House has failed to agree with Democratic lawmakers on border wall funding. Analysts note that president Trump will have to make a tough and fateful choice on the wall if the shutdown is to be averted.
Trump says the chances for a governement shutdown are “very good” if he doesn’t get enough funding for the wall he wants to build on the border with Mexico. He said in the past Mexico would pay for this wall, but this is not what’s happening right now.