What is USA government shutdown? Is it longest in U.S. history?

What is USA government shutdown? Is it longest in U.S. history?

Some 420,000 federal employees whose work is declared essential are working without pay, including the FBI, TSA and other federal law enforcement officers.

About 800,000 federal workers missed their pay for the first time Friday - at least some receiving pay stubs for $0.00 - as unions sued the government for requiring their members to work without pay.

Miami's airport will close one of its concourses most of Saturday, Sunday and Monday to make sure security checkpoints are adequately staffed as the shutdown begins to strain the aviation system.

The impasse has paralysed Washington, with the president retaliating by refusing to sign off on budgets for swaths of government departments unrelated to the dispute.

As the shutdown drags on, President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats have not made progress toward any kind of agreement that would put an end to it. It would likely bring an immediate court challenge from Democrats who say there is no emergency at the border and that the president would be overstepping his constitutional authority.

Trump on Friday however backed off a series of previous threats to end the deadlock by declaring a national emergency and attempting to secure the funds without congressional approval.

But some say Trump has no other choice as the partial government shutdown stretches into its 22nd day on Saturday, making it the longest in history.

Trump spoke after lawmakers had adjourned for the weekend, precluding any possible action until next week.

He continued: "We have a massive Humanitarian Crisis at our Southern Border".

The shutdown is now the longest in U.S. history, surpassing the 21-day closure that began during Bill Clinton's presidency in 1995. That, in turn, could prompt him to sign bills that restore funding to agencies that have been affected by the shutdown.

Puerto Ricans still recovering from a devastating hurricane that killed thousands and displaced even more may see their state's disaster funds shifted to what President Donald Trump claims is an emergency at the U.S-Mexico border. He was trying make the case that unauthorized immigration was a national crisis that merited an appropriation of $5.7 billion for new border wall construction, an assertion Democratic lawmakers denied.

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Since that meeting both sides have blamed each other.

"We will be out for a long time unless the Democrats come back from their "vacations" and get back to work," he tweeted.

An attempt Thursday by moderate Republican senators to broker a deal that would have traded immigration protections for undocumented "Dreamers" brought to the United States as children in return for wall money collapsed after Vice President Mike Pence rejected it.

"Most conservatives want it to be the last resort he would use", said Rep. Mark Meadows, Republican-North Carolina, a leader of the conservative House Freedom Caucus who speaks to Trump frequently.

Replied Hoyer, "Oh no, I think there was an election, and he did raise that question". Whether you call it a steel barrier, wall, doesn't matter, but we need a very strong structure, ' Trump said.

House Democrats as well as a smattering of Republicans voted this week in favor of bills to reopen portions of the government.

He said, "I will tell you that I will oppose any reprogramming of Harvey disaster funds".

But Trump accused the Democrats of only wanting to score points against him with a view to the 2020 presidential elections.

But the Democrats, who control the House of Representatives, are equally determined not to provide the money.

Nine of the 15 Cabinet-level departments have not been funded, including Agriculture, Homeland Security, State, Transportation, Interior and Justice.

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