Government Shutdown Averted


Claire Payne, Staff Writer and Assistant Content Editor

As you may already know, the non-profit health service organization Planned Parenthood has recently has recently been under heavy scrutiny. This organization provides reproductive, maternal, and children’s health service as well as abortions to more than five million women, men, and adolescents worldwide each year. A few videos were released from an anti-abortion group that included conversations where Planned Parenthood officials discussed fetal tissue harvesting. The organization denied the legitimacy of the videos, and continued to defend their position on healthcare.

However, there are many who refuse to support the organization. Many government officials wish to discontinue taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood, while others see the organization of crucial importance. As a result, the tension almost led to a government shutdown.

If Congress had not passed the temporary bill proceeding government funding to $1.2 billion until December 11th, America would have its 19th government shutdown since 1976. A government shutdown occurs when Congress is unable to enact legislation to fund government agencies and projects, before the fiscal year ends.

As you may remember, there was a government shutdown in 2013. This started over Obamacare; Congress failed to come to an agreement on a budget after Republican lawmakers began pushing to defund Obamacare. As a result, Nearly 800,000 federal employees were out of work without pay. According to estimates, it costed America a whopping $24 billion.

So here’s my qualified advice to the government: Learn to get along with one another and make compromises because we don’t need any more government shutdowns.