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The government shutdown is now the longest on record and the fight between Trump and Democrats is only getting uglier. Here’s everything you missed.


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The government shutdown is now in day 22, setting the record for the longest shutdown in the modern era.
There appears to be no end in sight as President Donald Trump and Democrats dig in on their border wall stances.
As the shutdown drags on, more federal workers and agencies become affected.
Here’s your rundown on how the government ended up in a shutdown and where we go from here.

President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats seem to be dug in over the government shutdown, and after 22 days without a funding bill, there’s no end in sight.

At the heart of the dispute is Trump’s demand for just over $5 billion toward a long-promised wall along the US-Mexico border. Democrats insist they will allocate no money toward a wall.

As of Saturday the shutdown is also now the longest of the modern era, breaking the record set by the the 1995-1996 shutdown.

Read more: Here’s a history of all the previous shutdowns in the modern era»

The shutdown only affects part of the federal government, as seven of the 12 bills that fund the government were passed in September. But a large number of departments are shuttered, including agriculture, commerce, justice, homeland security, the interior, state, transportation, and housing and urban development.

The problems caused by the shutdown are wide-ranging, from waste piling up in national parks to uncertainty for 800,000 federal workers about when their next paycheck will come. And as the shutdown drags on, the problems caused by the shutdown are expected to keep getting worse.

Read more: Here’s what happens to Social Security and disability benefits during a government shutdown»

With all that in mind, here’s a rundown of just how we got here:

The pre-shutdown fight
December 6: Congress passes a short-term funding bill to delay the shutdown until after the date of President George H.W. Bush’s funeral.
December 11: Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer meet with President Donald Trump to discuss the funding deadline. Trump demands $5 billion in border-wall funding, Democrats counter with an offer of $1.6 billion in general border-security funding. Trump rejects the idea and offers to take the blame for the shutdown. The president says he would be “proud” to shut down the government.
December 19: The Senate passes a clean short-term funding bill, called a continuing resolution (CR), that does not include border-wall funding but will keep the government open until February 8. Trump supported the bill at the time, Senate GOP leaders said.
December 20: Trump flip-flops on the clean CR after listening to attacks from conservative TV pundits and the hardline House Freedom Caucus, and he announces that he will not sign a bill with no wall funding. House Republicans then pass a CR that includes $5.7 billion in wall funds.
Shutdown kicks in and the Christmas break
December 21: Trump demands the Senate vote for the House version of the CR and tells Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to get rid of the legislative filibuster in order to …read more

Source:: Business Insider

      

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