Politics update

These days, the news cycle can be exhausting, and it’s easy to miss big stories due to the sheer amount that surface every hour. So here is a quick summary of what has been happening lately.

Government Shutdown
The government shut down Jan. 20-23 because Democrats and Republicans in Congress couldn’t agree. Democrats want to renew the Children’s Health Insurance Program of Medicaid and Republicans want to rescind Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and neither could compromise. The government reopened on Congress agreed to fund the government until at least Feb. 8.

GOP Tax Bill
The Trump administration’s new tax plan reduces taxes for almost everyone. Families will be able to take a larger child tax credit. With this piece of legislation, the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate was repealed, removing the act’s most controversial piece, a big win for Republicans. The bill also restructures Medicaid to cover less people.

The Wall
President Donald Trump’s dream of a border wall is estimated to cost $70 billion to build and $150 million a year to maintain, according to “The New York Times.” In return for citizenship for DACA recipients and some other immigrants, Trump asked Congress for $25 billion, so Mexico will not be paying for the wall. The White House also wants to replace the citizenship lottery with a merit-based system and eliminate family immigration.

State of the Union
In Trump’s first State of the Union address on Jan. 30, he spoke with a positive tone of America, stronger because of its citizens. He spoke of immigrants and other nations negatively. He said employment hit a 45 year low, and African American and Hispanic unemployment was at the lowest ever recorded. He celebrated the economic success and the GOP’s major accomplishments of the first year: the tax bill, Supreme Court appointment, and repealing the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate. Overall, Trump had a very positive outlook in the speech, expressing optimism in the country’s future.