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IVN Readers React: Congress Is a Dysfunctional Dumpster Fire

Created: 29 January, 2018
Updated: 17 October, 2022
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Will the government shut down again in 2018? IVN readers took our Facebook poll on this exact question and most said yes, they believe it will.

Congress allowed the government to shutdown for a couple of days last week as Senate Democrats and many Republicans argued over the future of immigration reform and the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the nearly 800,000 DACA recipients.

Did the shutdown accomplish anything?

ALSO READ: Can We Shut Down the Two-Party System?

No. It lasted two days and ended Monday, January 22, when Senate Democrats agreed to allow a short-term funding bill while members of Congress worked out the immigration debate. But members of Congress only gave themselves another three weeks, setting up another potential shutdown on February 8.

Congress is no longer kicking the can down the road... it is giving the can a slight nudge. That is how bad the hyper-partisan environment in Washington has become. And many people think that another government shutdown this year is likely.

Over 1,300 IVN readers participated in the Facebook poll that asked: "Do you think there will be another government shutdown in 2018?" Nearly 1,200 of those who responded said, "Yes."

There's not much faith in Congress to do its job. Here is what some IVN readers had to say:

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