President Trump is said to have responded bluntly when confronted with the possibility that he may be blamed for a government shutdown if he doesn’t sign the massive government spending bill awaiting his approval.
He made the reported comment to his aides after sharing his reservations about the bill on Twitter.
“I am considering a VETO of the Omnibus Spending Bill based on the fact that the 800,000 plus DACA recipients have been totally abandoned by the Democrats (not even mentioned in Bill) and the BORDER WALL, which is desperately needed for our National Defense, is not fully funded,” Trump tweeted on Friday.
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6 ways government shutdowns hurt you
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What Happens During a Government Shutdown?
When a spending bill expires before Congress passes a new bill authorizing spending, the federal government shuts down most operations.
With spending stuck in limbo while all parties come to an agreement, the federal government runs out of money, forcing the closure.
During a government shutdown, essential services carry on. These include national security, law enforcement, emergency medical services, air traffic control and more.
But services considered non-essential stop, which can still affect your everyday life.
5 Things That Could be Tough During a Government Shutdown
Each government shutdown is different, but here are some things that could become more difficult or impossible if federal operations are forced to go on hold.
1. Planning a Trip to a National Park or Monument
You can’t go to a national park or monument during a shutdown — they’ll be closed. This includes national zoos and museums, too. According to Vox, the 2013 government shutdown cost $500 million in lost tourism income due to national park closures.
(Photo: Zion National Park; Getty)
2. Getting a Passport
During the last shutdown, the State Department continued passport and visa operations because those functions are funded by fees, not government spending.
We reached out to the National Passport Information Center back in April when the possibility of a shutdown loomed. The representative we spoke to said it’s unclear how a present-day shutdown would affect services, adding that multiple factors go into determining whether you’ll still be able to obtain a passport during a shutdown.
3. Using Free School Lunch Programs
Free school lunch programs will continue during a government shutdown — as long as it doesn’t last too long. If a shutdown goes on for an extended period, school districts might run out of funds to provide the free meals — as some districts worried would occur during the 2013 shutdown.
(Ricardo Ramirez Buxeda/Orlando Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)
4. Signing up for New Social Security Benefits
Social Security benefits will continue going out to existing enrollees, but new applications for benefits may have to wait until after the shutdown to be processed.
5. Buying a Home
If you were planning to use a federal loan, like a Federal Housing Administration-insured loan or a Veterans Affairs loan, to purchase a house, the agencies will still process it — depending on a few factors.
During the 2013 government shutdown, the FHA released an FAQ stating it would still process single-family loans, though it warned that it could take extra time because of a reduced staff. Delays could occur for other reasons, like if you need to obtain documents from the IRS.
Are you a veteran? Thankfully, it’s unlikely that a shutdown would affect your VA loans.
6. Your Tax Refund
And, perhaps, the worst of all, depending on the time of year: If you’re waiting for a tax refund from the IRS and the government shuts down, you’ll have to wait until it reopens to get your money.
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Perhaps confronted by the potential blame for a shutdown or by his reported promise to House Speaker Paul Ryan to sign the bill, Trump went on to approve the $1.3 trillion spending plan but not without continuing to voice his criticisms.
“There are a lot of things that I’m unhappy about in this bill. There are a lot of things that we shouldn’t have had in this bill, but we were, in a sense, forced — if we want to build our military — we were forced to have,” Trump said at a press conference.
“I will never sign another bill like this again,” Trump added. “I’m not going to do it again. Nobody read it. It’s only hours old.”