Shutdown Over Wall Now Second Longest In History, What Does It Mean?

The government is inching ever closer to having lasted 21 days, which would make it the longest shutdown in U.S. history. 

The situation has left federal workers in a an employment limbo with 380,000 on leave and an additional 450,00 working without pay. 

Currently the effect has been relatively small or at least secluded to certain demographics of the public. The shutdown has interfered with farmers applying for subsidies, manufacturers attempts to gain tariff exemptions and people trying to get federally backed mortgages.

Yet as the shutdown continues the problems will grow.

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It will impact groups that rely on federal funds to operate public programs, like Native American tribes who use the money to operate health care and education.

Travel is also starting to feel the sting as unpaid Transportation Security Administrations are calling in sick at an increasing rate. 

Meanwhile national parks and museums are being damaged as they have been largely left unsupervised due to a lack of staff. 

The economy is also going to suffer from the shutdown as analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch responded that, “we adjust our 4Q GDP tracking estimate a tenth lower to 2.8%.” 

The longest government shutdown occurred due to former President Bill Clinton and then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich disagreeing over domestic spending cuts.