Shutdown Breakdown – The key dates of the government shutdown


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Words by Sylvia Cassidy

The partial government shutdown lasted for 35 days, but events around it stretch much further. Nonessential government work, including National Park maintenance and the FDA’s ability to check food quality, was put on pause. Here’s a timeline of key dates that you need to know, based on the most important headlines on each day:

Dec 8: The first child dies in U.S. Border Protection custody.

Dec 20: The U.S. House of Representatives passes a bill that includes funding for the wall.

Dec 21: The bill moves onto Senate and fails to get the 60 votes it needs to pass.

Dec 22: Partial government shutdown officially begins after the government funding bill fails to pass before the deadline.

Dec 23: Senate adjourns until after Christmas.

Dec 25: Second child dies in U.S. Border Protection custody.

Dec 26: President Trump and the first lady make a surprise visit to Iraq. The Coast Guard is sent to the border.

Dec 27: Senate goes back into session.

Dec 29: The shutdown reaches a full week.

Jan 3: New Congress convenes, Democrats now hold a majority in the House of Representatives. The House passes a bill to reopen the government without funding for the wall.

Jan 4: Trump says the shutdown could go on for “months or even years.”

Jan 8: Trump airs primetime address — the first one in this administration — in which he calls for wall funding.

Jan 9: Trump walks out of a White House meeting with Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.

Jan 10: Trump visits the border.

Jan 12: The shutdown becomes longest in history, beating a 1995-1996 shutdown in the Clinton administration that lasted 21 days.

Jan 16: Pelosi urges Trump through a letter to delay State of the Union.

Jan 17: Trump cancels Pelosi’s trip to Afghanistan.

Jan 19: Trump shares his “major announcement” which offers Dreamers three years of protection in exchange for funding for the wall in order for the wall.

Jan 23: Trump tweets he will delay the State of the Union.

Jan 25: Congress approves a deal that doesn’t include funding for the wall to reopen the government for three weeks.

After five weeks and $3 billion that won’t be recovered the government is open … for now. Unless a more solid agreement is made between Trump and Capitol Hill, the government will shut down again on Feb 15.