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Government decommissioning is now furthest in US history: NPR



Union members and other federal employees protest in front of the White House on Thursday. Many are out of work, as the partial termination of government has taken longer than anyone in history.

Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP


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Union members and other federal employees protest in front of the White House on Thursday. Many are out of work, as the partial termination of government has taken longer than anyone in history.

Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

The partial government termination is now the longest in history, which marks day 22 on Saturday. The previous record was 21 days set in the winter of 1995 -96, when President Bill Clinton and House Speaker Newt Gingrich were in breach of budget cuts .

The congress went home on the weekend, as there are approx. 800,000 federal workers, and many have now gone without their first payslip. Mortgages are being held up, security staff at airports are strained, coastguard families are on a food pantry, and a large majority of the country says they feel the decommissioning is "embarrassing."

President Trump and Democrats have not negotiated since the president suddenly went out of a meeting on Wednesday, but on Friday he stopped declaring a national emergency as an end-round around the congress. The White House is still looking for money it could change around to finance wall construction during an emergency.

Here's the latest about shutdown and its impact:


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