President Donald Trump speaks as tours the U.S. border with Mexico at the Rio Grande on the southern border, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, in McAllen, Texas, as Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, left, and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, listen.
President Donald Trump speaks as tours the U.S. border with Mexico at the Rio Grande on the southern border, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, in McAllen, Texas, as Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, left, and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, listen.

Here’s what’s up with the partial government shutdown on Day 21.


The shutdown matches the longest stoppage yet: a 21-day closure that ended Jan. 6, 1996, during President Bill Clinton’s administration.

Financial pain hits some 800,000 federal workers who will not receive paychecks they were due on Friday.

President Donald Trump holds a White House round-table on “border security and safe communities” with state, local and community leaders as he continues to highlight his rationale for insisting that a wall be built on the U.S.-Mexico border.

People rally to call for an end to the partial government shutdown in Detroit, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019.
Q&A: How the Government Shutdown Might End
Somehow, some day, the nasty deadlock between President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats that’s shuttered federal agencies for a record-tying 21 days will end. The only real questions are when, how and who will be crowned the winner in public opinion polls and ultimately by voters.Things got bleaker this week when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., told Trump at a fiery White House meeting that Democrats would not bow to his demand for $5.7 billion to start building a wall along the border…

Cities with economies tied to federal spending are showing signs of strain. One is Huntsville, Alabama , where about 70 federal agencies are located at the Army’s Redstone Arsenal: Hotel rooms are vacant because out-of-town government workers and contractors aren’t coming, restaurants frequented by federal workers are struggling, parking lots are empty and offices at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center are dark.

Federal cleanups at Superfund sites around the nation have been suspended.

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents watch as President Donald Trump visits the banks of the Rio Grande River in Mission, Texas, Jan. 10, 2019.
Trump's Threat of National Emergency Declaration Explained
During a visit to the southern border Thursday, U.S. President Donald Trump again threatened to use emergency powers to bypass Congress and get billions of dollars to pay for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border as a partial U.S. government shutdown over the issue stretched into its 20th day.Here is a look at what such a declaration means.What is the National Emergencies Act? The bill was introduced because of a perceived need to stop open-ended states of national emergency and formalize the power of…


Trump: “They say this is a manufactured crisis. But it’s not. What is manufactured is the use of the word manufactured.”

Justice Department trial attorney Theodore Atkinson of Baltimore: “It’s all uncertain and I don’t know how it ends or resolves itself. This isn’t a matter of me not going to the movies or out to eat as much. I can’t cut off my power or my cellphone or move out of my house.”


The shutdown sets the all-time record on Saturday, Day 22, when it officially becomes the longest partial government shutdown in U.S. history.

Trump’s administration is considering using billions of dollars in unspent disaster relief funds to pay for the border wall as Trump weighs signing a national emergency declaration to get it built without Congress.

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Former FEMA Boss: Border Situation Is Not Emergency
The former head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency said Thursday that what's happening on the U.S. southern border is no emergency.Craig Fugate, who ran the national disaster agency for nearly eight years under President Barack Obama and was head of Florida's disaster agency under a Republican governor, said the push of refugees seeking asylum on the border with Mexico is not a national emergency.President Donald Trump has called it a crisis and is weighing a national emergency declaration to…


Nine of the 15 Cabinet-level departments have not been funded, including Agriculture , Homeland Security, State, Transportation, Interior and Justice. Some iconic National Park facilities are shuttered as are the Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo in Washington. Nearly everyone at NASA is being told to stay home, as are most at the Internal Revenue Service, which processes tax returns and issues refunds, though the administration says tax refunds will be issued during the shutdown.


U.S. Internal Revenue Services employee holds signs in front of the federal building at a rally against the ongoing U.S. federal government shutdown, in Ogden, Utah, Jan. 10, 2019.
Senate Guarantees Federal Workers Back Pay
The U.S. Senate on Thursday night unanimously passed a bill guaranteeing federal workers they will be paid everything they are owed when the government shutdown ends.While it sounds like good news, it will not immediately help more than 800,000 workers who this week are missing their first payday since the shutdown began Dec. 22.When the shutdown enters its fourth week Saturday morning, it will set the record for the longest in U.S.

Some 420,000 federal employees whose work is declared essential are working without pay, including the FBI, TSA and other federal law enforcement officers. Some staff at the State and Homeland Security departments are also working without compensation. The Senate has approved a bill to provide back pay to federal workers. The House must vote on it. Trump said this week that federal workers will “get their money.”