On Saturday, the federal shutdown entered its 22nd day and became the longest ever in United States history.
The previous record was set under former President Bill Clinton who kept the government unfunded for 21 days.
“Nine federal departments and several smaller agencies – one-fourth of the federal government – remain closed as the standoff barrels into its fourth week with no end in sight,” the USA Today reports.
The shutdown continues to barrel along as Trump and Democrats cannot seem to compromise on border security funding.
Trump wants a border security wall and argues that he was elected by his supporters to build the wall, so he’s fixed on getting it.
Democrats have argued that the $5.7 billion figure that the president is requesting is too big—they have offered $1.3 billion for the wall—that walls do not even work, and that the wall would send a negative message to the world.
USA Today reports Trump could authorize the use of Department of Defense funds to fully construct the border wall in the case of a national emergency. While Trump has previously mentioned the idea of declaring a national emergency, he has indicated he is in no rush to do so.
President Donald Trump is threatening to declare a national emergency so he can access federal funds to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. That would allow the government to reopen since the shutdown stems from a budget battle between the White House and congressional Democrats over border wall funding.
But exactly when Trump might invoke an emergency isn’t clear.
Trump suggested during a trip to the border in Texas on Thursday that an emergency declaration could come at any time if negotiations with Democrats fail to yield a deal on his demand for $5.7 billion in border wall funding.
But Trump played down the prospects of an imminent emergency declaration on Friday, saying he wasn’t “going to do it so fast.”
Here’s even more, via the Washington Examiner:
Recently, Trump has suggested declaring a national emergency that would direct military funding for a border wall, amid the partial government shutdown due to a dispute over funding for the project. Such funds would be pulled from the Pentagon’s budget for construction projects that Congress has already approved.
Trump, who has called for more than $5 billion to build a wall, met with lawmakers Wednesday to discuss options to end the partial shutdown, but no solution was reached. On Friday, he said that he was not planning to declare a national emergency and that such an action would be a last resort. Rather, he said that Congress should take action and “come back and vote.”
“What we’re not looking to do right now is national emergency,” Trump said Friday.
“This is too simple. It’s too basic and Congress should do this,” he said. “If they can’t do it, if at some point they just can’t do it, this is a 15-minute meeting. If they can’t do it, I will declare a national emergency. I have the absolute right to do it. It says as clear as you can.”
Despite being met with complete resistance by Democrats in Congress, Trump is still looking to work with them in compliance with the separation of branches and the powers enumerated to them in the Constitution. Trump wants Congress to do its job and he wants to help the American people the right way… Your move Democrats.