During the government shutdown, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s approval ratings slumped. Pelosi has attracted strong censure from conservatives who view her as supportive of illegal immigration. Pelosi, as a figurehead for the Democratic party, has openly stated that her party refuses to provide money for the border wall. Trump, on the other hand, claims that the declaration of a national emergency is an option for building his promised barrier.
The most recent government shutdown prompted outrage and intense distress for federal employees. Many of the 800,000 workers had to turn to food banks in order to nourish themselves. Others made headlines in the press for the inability to support themselves and pay for critical expenses.