Government Shutdown
There is a need to pass a bill extending routine government funding after a stopgap bill expires March 27. Without an extension, a partial government shutdown would occur. Congress must pass this spending bill, called a continuing resolution or “CR,” which would continue spending after Sept. 30, 2013, the end of the 2013 fiscal year. As it stands now, the government’s legal authority to borrow more money runs out in mid-October, 2013. According to the Bipartisan Policy Center, if that date arrived on October 18, the Treasury “would be about $106 billion short of paying all bills owed between October 18 and November 15. The congressionally mandated limit on federal borrowing is currently set at $16.7 trillion. The debt limit has been raised 13 times since 2001 and has grown from about 55 percent of Gross Domestic Product in 2001 to 102 percent of GDP last year.

The Humanitarian Crisis on the Southern Border

from Heritage Foundation,

... the current state of the government shutdown and insight on what to expect from the Administration in the coming week. Border Wall funding remains the top priority in any appropriations legislation because of the growing humanitarian and security crisis at the southern border. Three hundred Americans are killed every week from foreign heroin, one in three migrant women are sexually assaulted on the journey northward, and just last month, more than 20,000 minors were smuggled into the United States. The Democrats continue to keep the government shut down by refusing to negotiate with President Trump on border security. In contrast, President Trump has shown a willingness to negotiate with Democrats on border security—something Democrats were for, before they were against. The President has discussed the option of invoking the National Emergencies Act which authorizes the President to declare a national emergency. Although the President has a strong legal argument by which he may use emergency authority, he shouldn’t have to invoke these authorities if Congress is able to present a bill addressing the border crisis and re-opening the government. To lighten the burden on those affected by the government shutdown, the Trump Administration has utilized measures like park fees to continuously clean up the national parks and giving authority to the IRS to issue tax refunds despite a government shutdown. Innovative solutions like these distinguishes the current administration from others, such as the Obama administration, which purposely made government shutdowns as painful as possible on the American people, going so far as to rope off open-air monuments.

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