Today marks the 21st day of the partial closure that began a few days before Christmas following a stalemate between President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats over the long-promised border wall funding by the President.
This is the same period as the 21-day shutdown that lasted from December 1995 to January 1996 as a result of a clash between President Bill Clinton and the GOP Congress. This ruling currently holds the longest record in the history of the United States.
The current partial stop still has no end in sight, which should allow him to beat this record by Saturday.
The president and congressional Democrats remain deadlocked as Trump continues to demand more than $ 5 billion for a border wall and the Democrats refuse to accept this demand.
This funding has touched about a quarter of the federal government, including the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, the Department of the Interior and the State Department.
The president stepped up his efforts this week to launch a direct appeal to the American public.
Sign of the deep division between the two parties, congressional lawmakers spent much of the week blaming the other side for the stalemate – no major steps having been taken to address the closure issue.
House Democrats have spent the week advancing spending bills to reopen closed shutters from the federal government, but the bill they introduced will not include new money for a wall and was confronted with White House veto threats.
Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has made it clear that he will not introduce any legislation related to the closure of the Senate that President Donald Trump would not sign. And the president has yielded in his refusal to sign a law that does not meet his demand of about $ 5 billion for the construction of a border wall that the Democrats refuse to provide.
An ultimate effort to try to find a compromise in the Senate also seemed to fail on Thursday.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who participated in the effort, told reporters on Thursday: "I just do not see a way forward," after several days of discussions.
Other senators said that they recognized that the only way out of the stalemate would be for Trump, Pelosi and Schumer to reach an agreement that would be acceptable to them and that could be passed in the House. and in the Senate and be promulgated.
Senator Richard Shelby, an Alabama Republican who chairs the Senate Credits Committee, said: "The President, Schumer and Pelosi will have to meet and say, 'This is what we are on agreement ".
Doug Criss, Ted Barrett and Sarah Mucha from CNN contributed to this report.