Seaborn sits down with congressional GOP for first time since shutdown began
Thursday, November 11th, 2021
President Sam Seaborn met with congressional Republican leadership today for the first time since the federal government shutdown began on November 1st.
After today's Veterans' Day ceremonies, including the president laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Seaborn and congressional leaders, including Speaker of the House Mitchell Harris (R-IN) and Senate Majority Leader Cody Riley (R-AL) met at the White House to discuss passing a budget that would end the ten-day shutdown, by far the longest in the nation's history.
The meeting lasted roughly two hours before congressional leaders returned to Capitol Hill. Seaborn said that a compromise had not been reached, but was encouraged by Republicans agreeing to negotiate on several issues and that Republicans had agreed to remove contentious portions from the budget that would strip federal funding from schools that teach "critical race theory."
"I hope that this means that a budget will appear on my desk in the next few days that is something both parties can agree on," the president told the White House Press Corps afterwards. "There's no doubt in my mind that Congress does not want this shutdown to continue any more than the rest of us do."
The economic fallout from the shutdown has been tremendous, with Moody's Analytics estimating the shutdown has cost the American economy $25 billion, with over $1 billion worth of wages from federal employees being lost. Areas heavily dependent on federal support and dollars, including Washington D.C., have been hit hard by the shutdown, with crowdfunding platforms filled with small businesses near national parks suddenly finding themselves in extremely precarious financial situations.