As of today, the current government shutdown has become the longest one in American history. Moreover, Congressional members in both the House and the Senate have left Washington D.C. At this time, there is still no resolution in sight, nor is there anything close to a remote agreement on reopening government and funding President Trump’s promised border wall.
Reviewing the Longest Government Shutdown in U.S. History
Since December 21, 2018, the United States government shut down after President Trump and Democratic leaders could not reach agreements on bills to keep government open. Leaders Schumer and Pelosi urged the president to sign various pieces of legislation, all of which failed to provide funding for his barrier. Therefore, Trump declined and the government shut down.
Since the closure of the United States government, both President Trump and the Democrats have stood by their positions. Trump maintains that funding for his wall is paramount, while Democrats insist that the president abandon his promise to the American people and sign legislation which does not provide the aforementioned funding. Both the Trump administration and Democrats have also spoken to the press. While the former has noted the perils of illegal immigration, the latter continues to vilify Trump instead of working with him.
As of yesterday, Chad Pergram, a political journalist, reported on the current state of government in light of the ongoing shutdown.
Senate is out. House done with business. Longest government shutdown set in stone
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) January 11, 2019
Meanwhile, President Trump urged Democrats to come work with him on implementing effective border security.
Humanitarian Crisis at our Southern Border. I just got back and it is a far worse situation than almost anyone would understand, an invasion! I have been there numerous times – The Democrats, Cryin’ Chuck and Nancy don’t know how bad and dangerous it is for our ENTIRE COUNTRY….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2019
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