Back when we had a divided government, with President Bush and a Democratic congress and with President Obama and a Republican Congress, we were always in danger of having the government shut down over an inability of the branches of our government to agree on spending bills.
Now both the presidency and the legislative branch are in Republican hands, but we still are facing a government shutdown. The ability of the government to fund its operations will cease unless all sides can agree on a spending measure by Friday.
President Trump, who sparked some of the controversy by insisting that his wall with Mexico be funded, has walked back that idea. [Read more…]