Partial government shutdown enters day 22, longest federal closure in U.S. history

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UPDATED 8:10 AM Sat. Jan. 12, 2019

It is officially the longest federal shut down in U.S. history, as the White House and Congress continue to be at an impasse over border security.

Congress has adjourned until Monday, and there are no signs of a compromise spending deal coming anytime soon.

The Capitol is seen at dawn on the 21st day of a partial government shutdown as an impasse continues between President Donald Trump and Democrats over funding his promised wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, in Washington, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

President Trump said he’s holding off for now on declaring a national emergency over the border, and is calling on Democrats to make a deal to end the shutdown.

In a tweet Saturday, the president said “Democrats should come back to Washington and work to end the shutdown” and the “horrible humanitarian crisis” at our southern border.

He also said “Democrats could solve the shutdown in 15 minutes,” asking voters to call their Democrat senators, and congressional representatives to get it done.

At the White House Friday, the president said declaring an emergency was still on the table, but added it’s the “easy way out.”

He went on to say the decision to reopen the government largely falls on Congress.

GOP lawmakers including, Senator Lindsey Graham slammed the left, with Graham taking to Twitter, stating “it’s clear, that Democrats don’t want to make a deal and will never support a border wall or barriers.”

The president has said that any deal put on the table must include funding for the border wall.

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