(CNN) – The ongoing partial shutdown of the government entered its 22nd day on Saturday, breaking the record to become the longest government shutdown in US history.
the previous record goes back to the Clinton administration when a 21-day work stoppage was the result of a clash between President Bill Clinton and the GOP Congress that ran from December 1995 to January 1996.
For the moment, the current closure has no end in sight and has affected about a quarter of the federal government and hundreds of thousands of federal employees.
It is estimated that 800,000 federal public servants have been affected by the lack of funding, either because of their obligation to work without pay for their duration, or because of their leave.
While the closure is long overdue, President Donald Trump and Congressional Democrats have not made progress in the path of any deal that could end the deal.
White House officials are waiting for a quiet weekend at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. No meeting between White House officials and congressional staff is scheduled and no appearance by the President is expected – only tweets.
Last weekend, White House officials traveled to Camp David to meet White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, who led the closing talks, and officials simulated interviews with television channels in order to broadcast their message during Sunday broadcasts.
As of Friday night, only Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was scheduled to appear on television on Sunday.
The president has insisted on funding more than $ 5 billion for the construction of his long-promised wall at the US-Mexico border. California House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of New York refused to respond to the request. Instead, they proposed a much smaller amount to strengthen border security and asked the president to reopen the government and negotiate later on border security. Trump has rejected their offers, resulting in a stalemate that nobody seems able to break.
In the midst of the endless closure, the President has increasingly talked about the possibility of declaring a national emergency to try to bypass the Congress in order to obtain the funding that he wants for the construction of new buildings. a border wall – a decision that should face legal challenges and strong pressure. Democratic legislators.
While stating that a national emergency is not completely out of the table, Trump withdrew from his threat Friday, saying he preferred to fix the problem with Congress. Relatives of the president said that fears of a strong reaction from lawmakers have played an important role in this regard, despite remarks by Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who had urged Trump on Friday to declare a national emergency "now".
The White House hopes that once lawmakers are at home this weekend and hear complaints from their constituents about the closure, they will be more open to negotiation when they are back in Washington on Monday.
The two houses of Congress this week passed a law sponsored by Democratic Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland to guarantee the payment of wages to federal workers who were fired during the closure of the government.
But federal employees – on leave and those who have stayed at work – will still not be paid until the end of the closure.
Meanwhile, personal stories about how the workers were affected by the ongoing closure are making headlines and covering the airwaves.
Despite this, attempts to negotiate between legislators and the administration this week apparently did nothing to bring the two sides closer to a resolution.
The president left Wednesday a meeting with Schumer and Pelosi, calling it a "total waste of time".
GOP Senators' Effort Led by Graham for Compromise Agreement Providing for Both Border Wall Funding and Democrat-Friendly Immigration Provisions stalled Thursday, the president was not in favor, according to two people directly involved.
Meanwhile, the Democratic-controlled House has passed a series of spending bills aimed at reopening government shutters during the week, but the bill does not include new money for a wall. border.
As a result, House bills have been threatened with veto by the White House and have no chance of being resumed in the Senate since Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, said that he would not hold a vote on the bills related to the closure of the president. sign.