PressTV-US government shutdown becomes longest in history

The partial US government shutdown sparked by a standoff over funding for President Donald Trump’s border wall project has become the longest government closure in American history.

The current ongoing federal shutdown, which entered its 22nd day on Saturday, surpassed the previous 21-day record set in late 1995 and early 1996 during the administration of former President Bill Clinton.

About 800,000 federal employees missed their first paycheck of 2019 due to the shutdown, forcing workers to scale back spending, cancel trips, apply for unemployment benefits and take out loans to pay bills.

Roughly 420,000 federal employees were deemed essential and are working unpaid. An additional 380,000 are staying home without pay.

Trump and nervous Republican lawmakers are scrambling to find a way to reopen impacted federal agencies but there is still no end in sight to the political standoff.

With polls showing Trump getting most of the blame for…

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