Shutdown Over?


by Ricardo Periera, Staff Writer

Contrary to popular belief, we’re not out of the woods yet.

President Barack Obama has simply delayed the shutdown for three months, until January 15. This gives the government a limited amount of time to solve this problem.

When asked if concerned about the possibility of the shutdown scenario repeating itself in three months, Obama said with confidence “No.”

About 800,000 federal workers were sent away on an unpaid vacation at the beginning of the shutdown. Many museums and memorials were closed, including the WWII memorial and the Smithsonian Institute. It impacted a large number of people, however as of October 16th  all of the 800,000 federal workers returned to work

The Senate voted 81-18 in favor of the measure which delayed the shutdown, while the House voted 285-144 in favor.

In a statement in the White House President Barack Obama said, “Once this agreement arrives on my desk, I will sign it immediately.” Keeping his word, he signed the measure to delay the shutdown. Obama said he hoped both parties would learn from the national embarrassment, known as the shutdown, and swear off governing by crisis.

There were plenty of winners and losers during these two frantic weeks. Most importantly, Obama came out as the overall winner. He got everything that he desired and managed to keep the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. He didn’t back down when the shutdown came. He remained strong and it makes him the winner of this shutdown

Mainly the group known as the Tea party was the big loser in this shutdown. They came in as the “bad” people with extremist views to the crisis, and were unsuccessful in trying to repeal the ACA. Some say they are the reason this shutdown happened.