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US Government Shutdown enters 22nd Day, Becoming Longest Shutdown in US History

  • On Saturday, the US government shutdown entered its 22nd day, making it the longest such closure in history. This partial Federal government shutdown has adversely affected around 800,000 federal workers along with contractors. The hardships are being felt by everyone, right from federal workers to essential services of the US economy. Essential services that have started facing problem include courts, government programs, national parks, major airports, infrastructural services, and vital transport. Interestingly, White House staffing has also been severely affected, prompting the US President Donald Trump to tweet complaining “There’s almost nobody in the WH but me.” This has been the longest US government shutdown as the calendar moved from Friday to Saturday, thereby crossing the 21-day shutdown faced during Bill Clinton era in 1995 and 1996.