On Monday, an editorial in The Washington Post called on President Donald Trump and lawmakers to act swiftly in order to prevent another shutdown.
“The lives of hundreds of thousands of federal workers would again be upended in the event of another shutdown,” the report said.
Lawmakers reached an “agreed on principle” that gives Trump about $1.3 billion for his wall. Trump has still not approved of the proposals, and despite the negotiations said he would build the wall anyway, during a rally in El Paso.
Press said he heard report that budget negotiators made progress. He said he didn’t get a full report, but it doesn’t matter, because “we’re building the wall anyway.” pic.twitter.com/eAF7DVmrmX
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) February 12, 2019
Another government shut down would also tarnish the reputation of America.
“The image and prestige of the United States itself would be further battered as people around the world took in the spectacle of a nation incapable of fulfilling basic functions of governance,” the report said.
As the potential shutdown looms, the basic functions of government will not be able to operate.
“Mr. Trump had sought for his wall — they should certainly be able to find it on detention bed capacity. Monday evening they were reported to have reached a preliminary deal. If so, Congress should vote on it, whatever Mr. Trump says about it, and keep the government open,” the report said.
Adding, “Lawmakers are paid to resolve problems. Let them resolve this one and present a deal to the president.”
Read the full report here.