Govt shutdown now long­est in US his­tory

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - W RLD - —AFP

Washington: The par­tial US gov­ern­ment shutdown en­tered a record 22nd day Satur­day, as Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump re­mains stead­fast in his de­mand for $5.7 bil­lion to build a Mex­ico bor­der wall and Democrats in Congress de­ter­mined to refuse the funds.

The im­passe has paral­ysed Washington, with the pres­i­dent re­tal­i­at­ing by re­fus­ing to sign off on bud­gets for swaths of gov­ern­ment de­part­ments un­re­lated to the dis­pute. As a re­sult 800,000 fed­eral em­ploy­ees -- work­ers as di­verse as FBI agents, air traf­fic con­trollers and mu­seum staff -- did not re­ceive pay­checks Fri­day.

The shutdown be­came the long­est on record at mid­night Fri­day, when it over­took the 21day stretch in 1995-1996, un­der pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton.

Trump on Fri­day how­ever backed off a se­ries of pre­vi­ous threats to end the dead­lock by declar­ing a national emer­gency and at­tempt­ing to se­cure the funds with­out con­gres­sional ap­proval.

—AFP

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