Shutdown becomes longest federal closure in US history
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Shutdown becomes longest federal closure in US history

David Pritchett, a furloughed worker for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, looks on as Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., talks to reporters Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, in her office in Reno about the impacts of the partial government shutdown. Pritchett, a BLM planner in Reno, says the effects of the shutdown will have a ripple effect on federal land management long after the government fully reopens because of deadlines that were missed for federal permits on a whole range of projects, from gold mines to large recreational events. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner)

WASHINGTON — The federal government has entered Day 22 of a partial government shutdown, becoming the longest closure in U.S. history.

Nine of the 15 Cabinet-level departments have not been funded. The Defence Department and the Department of Veterans Affairs, the government’s largest agencies, are the most notable exceptions and continue to operate since they were funded through Sept. 30.

The previous record for the longest shutdown occurred during Bill Clinton’s presidency. That one lasted from December 15, 1995, through January 6, 1996.

The current shutdown appears destined to last at least a few more days, Democratic lawmakers rejecting President Donald Trump’s demands to include $5.7 billion for a border wall in a spending bill.

The shutdown has furloughed 380,000 federal workers and forced an additional 420,000 to work without pay.

Jonathan Lemire, Lisa Mascaro And Jill Colvin, The Associated Press

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