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Heather Kerrigan

In: Historic Documents of 2018

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President Trump and Democrats Remark on Federal Government Shutdown : December 11 and 22, 2018, and January 25, 2019
President Trump and Democrats Remark on Federal Government Shutdown
Heather Kerrigan

For thirty-five days, from midnight on December 22, 2018, until January 25, 2019, the federal government experienced its longest shutdown in history. The fiscal 2019 lapse in funding stemmed from disagreement between Democrats and Republicans over whether to provide $5.7 billion to President Donald Trump for a wall along the U.S.–Mexico border, one of the president’s key campaign promises. The January 2019 stopgap bill that allowed the government to temporarily reopen for three weeks included no funding for the border wall, and the final fiscal 2019 spending legislation passed in February provided ...

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