Government Shutdown Breaks Record, Becomes Longest in U.S. History

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Earlier today, President Donald Trump urged Democrats to come work with him and end the government shutdown. The shutdown reached its 22-day milestone, thus setting a new record as the longest government shutdown in American history.

The Longest Government Shutdown in American History

The government shutdown went into effect on December 21, 2018. Both the president and Democrat leaders failed to reach a resolution on legislation to keep government open. President Trump maintained that Democrats needed to present a bill which contained funding for his promised border wall. However, Democratic leaders refused, slamming the wall as unnecessary and expensive.

Since the shutdown, President Trump and leaders Schumer and Pelosi have gone back and forth with one another. Each side blames the other; as the shutdown continues to linger on, there is still no apparent end in sight. Both the president and the Democrats are standing by their original positions regarding the wall.

Earlier today, President Trump stated that Democratic leaders have the power to end the government shutdown “in 15 minutes.” The president moreover declared that the Southern border issues constitute as a humanitarian crisis.