What Was Gained By the Shutdown? Not Much, According to Iowa Political Scientists

Jan 24, 2018

The government shutdown lasted three days. What did it accomplish, and what will be the way forward on immigration? 

During this hour of River to River, host Ben Kieffer talks with Wayne Moyer, Rosenfield professor of political science at Grinnell College and Rachel Caufield, associate professor of political science at Drake University about the shutdown, the Russia investigation, Trump's visit to Davos, and Vice President Mike Pence's trip the Middle East. 

Reasons for why the shutdown happened seem unclear, according to Caufield, and whether either party gained anything from it is also up for debate, according to Moyer. It is a small victory, he says, now that the Senate has committed to debating immigration. 

"Before the agreement, it wasn't clear that McConnell was going to bring this (immigration) up. But now he's publicly committed that he will bringing this up," says Moyer. "That does not mean we'll see action, but it is a small step forward, at least getting the Senate to debate."

"I don't see either side in having gained much from this shutdown."