Monday, Monday, so good to me
Monday mornin´, it was all I hoped it would be
Oh Monday mornin´, Monday mornin´ couldn´t guarantee
That Monday evenin´ you would still be here with me
-The Mamas & The Papas
Short-term relief as Trump and Dems reach a temporary deal to end partial shutdown
Amid the ongoing political chaos in Washington a comprise was reached to end the partial government shutdown. But will the “relief” still be here with us past “Monday evenin’ (February 18th) as the measure signed by The President appears to be only active for three weeks, ending on Friday February 15th. What then? Nobody knows… What we do know is that 100’s of thousands of federal government employees will be singing “Monday, Monday…” this coming week, which comes with no “…guarantee” that they won’t be furloughed again in less than a month.
News of the temporary relief agreement couldn’t have come at a better time for the Internal Revenue Service, who after years of being de-funded and being already depleted of resources is set to kick-off the start of Tax Filing Season come Monday. Officials at the I.R.S. had already briefed some congressional members Friday morning of the dire state of the agency which had piled up millions of documents as well as leaving millions of calls unanswered. It makes for a powder keg and stressed work environment, when even with the agency’s operational capacity being restored during it’s most crucial time of the year, the prospects that Monday evenin’ of February 18th the political circus may be replaying itself.