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The Quick Facts
- The ongoing partial government shutdown has now entered its third week, having first taken effect on December 22nd.
- The shutdown has resulted from Congress refusing to allocate the $5.7 billion that President Trump has demanded to build a new U.S.–Mexico border wall.
- Administration officials including Vice President Mike Pence and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner met with Democrats over the weekend in an attempt to push negotiations forward. However, little progress seems to have been made, and Congress is out of session until Tuesday.
- During the shutdown, essential government work like mail delivery and law enforcement is still being performed, but the operations of nine federal departments and several government agencies have been affected.