Temporary Reprieve from Gov. Shutdown

January 31, 2019

Late last week, President Donald Trump and Congress came to an agreement to reopen the federal government with a short-term spending bill that is set to expire Feb. 15. President Trump continues to push for funding for a wall along the southern U.S. border and has indicated two courses of action absent his requested funding: another government shutdown; or declare a national emergency to pay for the wall.

Today, a bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers will meet to try and outline a more long-term compromise to prevent another shutdown. With just over two weeks until the next funding deadline, lawmakers face a significant challenge in finding compromise over an issue that has, for years, proven too charged an issue on which lawmakers can find a solution.

In a statement last week, prior to the end of the shutdown, NSBA President and CEO Todd McCracken underscored the negative impact of the shutdown on America’s small businesses.  The shutdown harmed America’s small businesses and the overall U.S. economy – there is no doubt another shutdown would add greater economic insecurity and stymie growth.