The partial shutdown of the government has set a record overnight as the longest federal closure in US history.
The previous record for the longest closing occurred during Bill Clinton's presidency. It lasted from December 15, 1995 to January 6, 1996.
The current closure seems to last at least a few more days, as Democratic lawmakers reject President Trump's demands to include $ 5.7 billion for an anti-border wall in an expenditure bill.
The president has considered a dramatic emergency exit – declare a national emergency to build the wall of the border without a new cash flow from Congress. But members of his own party were fiercely discussing this idea and the president withdrew on Friday.
"Now, the simplest solution for me is to call a national emergency, I could do it very quickly, I have the absolute right to do it," Trump said. said at a roundtable with local officials on border security. "But I'm not going to do it so fast because it's something Congress should do."
Two-thirds of Americans – 67% – oppose Mr. Trump's idea of declaring a national emergency to pay a wall if Congress does not fund one, a CBS News poll found. Most Republicans – 75% – support this idea. Most of them are also supportive of a wall and view the situation at the US-Mexico border as a crisis.
In terms of the impact of the closure, the poll found that six Americans – 62% – are very or somewhat worried about his impact on air travel and transport, of which 32% are very concerned. He also revealed that 71% are worried about its impact on the economy, of which 40% are very concerned. Democrats are relatively more concerned about these impacts, but many Republicans also share these concerns.
For federal workers who received pay slips on Friday but no pay, a solution could not happen soon enough.
About 800,000 workers lost paycheques, many receiving blank pay slips. Some have posted photos of their empty earnings statements on social media, calling with all their might to end the market shutdown – a shocking image that many in the White House feared to see more voters against the president while he claims billions of dollars in new funding.
In growing discomfort, five GOP Senators supported a bill by Senators Susan Collins of Maine and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin to restore the pay check of some 420,000 federal employees who are now working without pay. 380,000 other federal workers are on leave.
Hikers use the main road, which was closed due to the partial government shutdown, in Arches National Park, Utah, United States, on January 9, 2019.
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