Infographics: United States government shutdown longest ever
January 16, 2019 12:05 AM NPT
The partial government shutdown is now the longest in U.S. history, and many of its 800,000 employees are furloughed or working without pay. The White House and congressional Democrats remain divided over President Donald Trump’s demands for $5.7 billion to build a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico.
The shutdown of a quarter of the United States government, which began on December 22, 2018, is the 10th (and longest) since 1980, when the first federal agency shut down due to a budget dispute. The president has warned that if it continues, he may enact emergency protocols to bypass Congress and get the billions of dollars he needs to build it.