The Shutdown: What Not to Eat

And other ways the partial closure is affecting Americans
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 12, 2019 10:39 AM CST
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., center, speaks as she stands next to Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y., left, and Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., right, following their meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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(Newser) – Welcome to day 22: Starting Saturday, the partial government shutdown became the longest such closure in American history. About 800,000 federal workers received blank pay statements Friday as politicians in both parties continued to maneuver and consider their options, the AP reports. President Trump pressed Congress to find a solution other than declaring a national emergency to fund his wall, while the White House mulled other funding options, such as drawing on the $13.9 billion marked for the Army Corps of Engineers following 2017 floods and hurricanes—despite the fact that some states are still rebuilding—or using asset forfeiture funds, like money grabbed from drug kingpins. Meanwhile, Nancy Pelosi accused Trump of trying to distract people from the Mueller probe: "This is a big diversion, and he's a master of diversion." For more:

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