The partial government shutdown has now hit its 22nd day, officially making it the longest in American history.
While President Donald Trump holds fast to demands for his border wall, hundreds of thousands of federal employees are going without pay, national parks are getting trashed and TSA lines are facing logjams as more and more workers call in sick.
The shutdown — which began on December 22 when Congress failed to pass a key spending package — affects a wide range of agencies including the Transportation, Agriculture, and Justice Departments, all of which have yet to be funded. Already, it’s delaying food inspections, farm aid, and even potential IPOs.
Here are 32 images highlighting the impact of the shutdown, something that’s only expected to get worse as it keeps dragging on.
In December, President Trump threatened to veto funding bills that didn’t guarantee $5 billion for his border wall, forcing the government into a partial shutdown
A wide range of agencies including TSA, NASA, and the National Park Service are impacted as many nonessential workers get furloughed. Immigration judges are among those who are currently furloughed, setting up delays for some asylum and deportation cases.
Smithsonian museums, including those in Washington, DC, have been shuttered since the first week of 2019, when they ran out of reserve funds.
The Coast Guard and the Agriculture Department have also not been funded. Food stamps are funded throughout February, but could run out afterward.
Visitors are trashing national parks, which have limited staff on hand during the shutdown. Volunteers are trying to help pick up the slack.
Hundreds of thousands of federal workers missed their first paycheck this week. Many rallied in DC, Detroit, and Chicago to protest the shutdown.
Trump paid a visit to a McAllen, Texas, Border Patrol station on Thursday to make the case for his wall, again.
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