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The Shutdown is historic, not only in length of time, but also the divide between republicans and democrats. 

As of now, neither the white house, nor congress appear any closer to ending it.

Our Mark Meredith is in Washington with the latest. 

President Trump is rejecting calls by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham to declare a national emergency on the southern border. 

“I’m not looking to call a national emergency. This is so simple, you shouldn’t have to.” Says President Trump. 

Graham says an emergency declaration would end the partial government shutdown and allow the president to order the pentagon to build a border wall, even if congress disapproves. 

“I think there is a crisis at the border. I think it fits the definition of a national emergency.” Says Senator Lindsey Graham. 

But the president himself admits that may not work, since the order would likely be challenged in court. Meanwhile, the fight over border security has created the longest government shutdown in U.S. history.

“The government remains shutdown for one reason, the democrats will not fund border security.” Says President Trump. 

Several government employee unions are suing the Trump administration over the shutdown. Right now, at least 800,000 people are either furloughed or working without pay. 

Hawaii Senator Mazie Hirono says she’s most concerned about government employees impacted by the shutdown.

“The lack of empathy of this whole administration to what is happening across our country, is awesome in its awfulness.” Says Senator Mazie Hirono. 

The white house says the president will sign legislation ensuring impacted employees receive back pay.

But only after the shutdown ends. 
 

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