Shutdown long­est on record

Sunday Express - - JUST 48 HOURS BEFORE MPS CAST THEIR CRUCIAL BREXIT - By Marco Gian­nan­geli and Mike Parker

THE PAR­TIAL shutdown of the US gov­ern­ment be­came the long­est in his­tory as a quar­ter of US fed­eral work­ers faced their 22nd day with­out pay yesterday.

Pres­i­dent Trump’s “Mex­i­can stand­off” with Congress over funds to build a bor­der wall has left the US Em­bassy in London par­tially staffed, with “key” diplo­mats forced to work with­out pay.

More than 800,000 fed­eral em­ploy­ees were not paid on Fri­day and while es­sen­tial work­ers such as FBI agents, air­port staff and prison guards are ex­empt, nine de­part­ments are af­fected, in­clud­ing home­land se­cu­rity, jus­tice, hous­ing, agri­cul­ture, com­merce, in­te­rior and the trea­sury. It has meant the clo­sure of many US tourist at­trac­tions.

Ter­ence Shigg, a bor­der pa­trol agent in San Cle­mente, Cal­i­for­nia, who sup­ports Trump’s wall, declared: “It’s ironic we are among the ones suf­fer­ing over this.”

Trump is re­fus­ing to sign off the bud­get un­less Congress in­cludes £4.5bil­lion for a wall – an elec­tion pledge. But Democrats in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives refuse.

Picture: MARIO TAMA/Getty

DEEP DI­VI­SIONS: Sec­tions of the wall are in­stalled but Congress is re­fus­ing the Pres­i­dent’s call for £4.5bil­lion

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