Updated Jan 12, 2019

The government shutdown is now the longest ever

Data: Congressional Research Service; Chart: Axios Visuals

The shutdown over President Trump's demand for border wall funds has broken the record for the longest stoppage in U.S. history. Today is Day 22, edging out the previous record of 21 days in 1995-96 under Bill Clinton.

The big picture: This could go on for a long time. Early in the 1995 shutdown, Clinton and Republican leaders were already talking about a deal to end their budget battles. But Trump isn't talking to Democrats anymore. And he's sounding less enthusiastic about the exit strategy he's been considering — declaring an emergency to build the wall without Congress — as Republicans have expressed serious doubts about it.

Here's the latest on the impact of the shutdown:

  • 800,000 federal workers who are either furloughed or working without pay missed their first paychecks this week.
  • The U.S. economy has lost about $3.6 billion so far because of the shutdown, according to estimates by S&P Global Ratings.
  • Three federal employee organizations have sued the Trump administration over having to work without pay.
  • Hundreds of TSA agents have called in sick to at least four major airports after being forced to work without pay, and the Miami airport was forced to close one terminal early for 3 days due to TSA absences.
  • FBI agents said the shutdown could be a threat to national security.
  • The Food and Drug Administration has suspended all routine inspections of domestic food-processing facilities.
  • Emergency aid for farmers hurt by the trade war between the U.S. and China could be delayed.

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Trump signs $1.37 trillion spending deal, averting federal shutdown

President Trump on Dec. 19. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump on Friday evening signed a $1.37 trillion spending measure to avoid a government shutdown, according to CNBC.

Why it matters: Unlike last year, when the U.S. government shut down for 35 days from December through January, Trump was willing to accept less funding than he originally requested for the U.S.-Mexico border. He wanted $8 billion for the wall, but Congress only fulfilled $1.375 billion for fence construction, according to NPR.

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The insane news cycles of 2019

Data: Google News Lab; Chart: Danielle Alberti/Axios

The year started with a record-breaking government shutdown and is ending with the third presidential impeachment in U.S. history — in between an onslaught of investigations, conspiracies, scandals and memes.

Why it matters: The chart, based on search trends compiled by Google News Lab, highlights how short the public's attention span was as the media darted from one big thing to another.

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Court rules Trump can use military funds for border wall

President Trump inspects border wall prototypes in San Diego in 2018. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

A Louisiana federal appeals court on Wednesday ruled in favor of President Trump's plan to divert $3.6 billion from military projects to build the border wall.

Why it matters: The New Orleans U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' overturning of a Texas judge's order last month that blocked the plan is a victory for Trump, who's faced legal challenges from several groups and states.

Go deeperArrowJan 9, 2020