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Government shutdown becomes the third-longest ever. Here’s where things stand

January 7, 2019

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President Donald Trump said he was prepared to continue the partial government shutdown for “months or even years” — and as the closure drags into its third week, he’s getting closer to making good on that threat.

The ongoing stalemate between Trump and congressional Democrats over a spending package to fund nine government agencies entered its 17th day Monday, making this shutdown the third-longest on record. And with Congress out of session until Tuesday, it’s safe to assume that frozen negotiations are unlikely to thaw before then.

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