Govt Shutdown long­est in U.S. his­tory


A par­tial US gov­ern­ment shutdown over Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s de­mand for $5.7 bil­lion to build a wall along the U.s.-mex­ico bor­der en­tered its 22nd day on Satur­day, mak­ing it the long­est shut­ter­ing of fed­eral agen­cies in US his­tory, with no end in sight.

The clo­sure broke a decades-old record set by a 19951996 shutdown un­der for­mer Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton that lasted 21 days. Trump said on Fri­day he would not de­clare a national emer­gency “right now” to end a stand­off over bor­der se­cu­rity that has idled about a quar­ter of the U.S. gov­ern­ment. He spoke after law­mak­ers had ad­journed for the week­end, pre­clud­ing any pos­si­ble ac­tion un­til next week. In a tweet on Satur­day, Trump took aim again at the Democrats. “Democrats should come back to Washington and work to end the Shutdown, while at the same time end­ing the hor­ri­ble hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis at our South­ern Bor­der. I am in the White House wait­ing for you!” he tweeted.

Trump also urged his 57.2 mil­lion twit­ter fol­low­ers to con­tact Demo­cratic law­mak­ers and “Tell them to get it done!”

Democrats in Congress, who call a wall an in­ef­fec­tive, out­dated an­swer to a com­plex prob­lem, have passed sev­eral bills to re­open the gov­ern­ment with­out fund­ing for Trump’s bar­rier.

But the leg­is­la­tion has been ig­nored by the Repub­li­can­con­trolled Sen­ate.

Trump orig­i­nally pledged Mex­ico would pay for the wall, which he says is needed to stem the flow of il­le­gal im­mi­grants and drugs. But Mex­ico has re­fused. U.S. gov­ern­ment de­part­ments in­clud­ing the Trea­sury, En­ergy, Com­merce and State de­part­ments, shut down when fund­ing lapsed on 22 De­cem­ber.

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