"That is not a historical claim that I think any president or any Congress should want to make", said Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, on the shutdown becoming the longest ever in US history.What's coming next? The shutdown enters its fourth week next week, with Trump's threat to declare a national emergency still on the table. Assessing the health of the US economy may be complicated by an even more prolonged shutdown. The shutdown already has delayed or distorted key reports on growth, spending and hiring because workers who compile the data have been furloughed. Government data on home construction and retail sales won't be released next week, while the next report on the economy's overall growth - set for January 30 - won't be released if the shutdown remains in effect.
What remains closed
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 it will issue refunds during the shutdown.
Who is at work but not getting paid
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 house and senate have voted to ensure that all federal employees will be paid retroactively after the partial government shutdown ends. The bill now heads to President Trump, who is expected to sign it.