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No Movement in Settling Record-Long Shutdown

The partial government shutdown has slipped into the record books as the longest ever at 22 days. The partial government shutdown has slipped into the record books as the longest ever at 22 days. |  Photo: Pixabay, MGN

Created: January 12, 2019 03:13 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) - The partial government shutdown has slipped into the record books as the longest ever, as it is now in Day 22.

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Members of Congress are out of town, no negotiations are scheduled and President Donald Trump is tweeting into the void.

He's not tipping his hand about whether he'll move ahead with an emergency declaration that could break the impasse and free up money for his wall without congressional approval.

Such a move would kick off legal challenges and a political storm.

A day earlier, he said he was not ready to do it "right now."

Lawmakers are due back in Washington from their states and congressional districts in the new week.

The 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.

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

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