Partial government shutdown becomes longest in U.S. history

Partial government shutdown becomes longest in U.S. history
US Capitol (Source: Raycom)

(WAFB) - As of Saturday, January 12, 2019 the current government shutdown has entered day 22, making it the longest in United States history.

The previous longest government shutdown lasted 21 days from Dec. 16, 1995 to Jan. 6, 1996. President Bill Clinton clashed with then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich over spending cuts.

The current shutdown was sparked by President Donald Trump’s administration, which demands the government provision $5 billion for their efforts to build a border wall between the United States and Mexico. President Trump has vowed to veto any bill that would end the shutdown without funding a border wall, creating a stalemate with congressional democrats who strongly oppose the effort.

President Trump explained the need for the border wall is inspired by a “humanitarian and national security crisis on our Southern Border,” often citing crimes committed by undocumented migrants.

Portions of the government were funded prior to the shutdown, making this only a partial shutdown. However, around 800,000 federal employees from nine federal departments as well as other agencies have been impacted.

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