The newest: Democrats challenge Trump, GOP to end the closure

The newest: Democrats challenge Trump, GOP to end the closure

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) – The latest news about the partial abandonment of the government (all times locally):

9:05 a.m.

Democrats use their weekly radio address to challenge President Donald Trump and Republican leaders in the Senate to reopen the government and sit down to discuss security measures at the border that "we can all fall behind."

Rep. Scott Peters from California says that democrats want to strengthen security along the US-Mexico border, but not in the way the president does, with what Peters calls "a wall that will never be built".

Peters advocates "smart approaches" that can include radar and sensors, drones with cameras, high-tech ways to detect tunnels and physical barriers such as dikes or fences where it makes sense.

He says the Democrats do not support a wall that costs billions of dollars, which he believes "destroys sensitive areas, takes private property and can be tunnelled, climbed or cut."

An image of a boy is painted on the bars of the boundary wall, for rinsing of barbed wire Friday, January 11, 2019, seen from Tijuana, Mexico. The partial shutdown of the government was on schedule on Friday to be the longest cut in US history, when President Donald Trump and nervous republicans were looking for a way out. A solution can not come soon enough for federal employees who have wage statements on Friday but no wages. (AP Photo / Gregory Bull)

An image of a boy is painted on the bars of the boundary wall, for rinsing of barbed wire Friday, January 11, 2019, seen from Tijuana, Mexico. The partial shutdown of the government was on schedule on Friday to be the longest cut in US history, when President Donald Trump and nervous republicans were looking for a way out. A solution can not come soon enough for federal employees who have wage statements on Friday but no wages. (AP Photo / Gregory Bull)

For Peters: "That's not border security, that's borderline crazy."

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12:05

The federal government has invaded day 22 of a partial shutdown of the government and became the longest closure in American history.

Nine of the 15 departments at cabinet level are not financed. The Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs, the government's largest agencies, are the most notable exceptions and remain active since they were funded until 30 September.

The previous record for the longest shutdown occurred during Bill Clinton's presidency. It lasted from 15 December 1995 to 6 January 1996.

The current closure seems to last at least a few more days, Democratic lawmakers reject President Donald Trump's demand to take up $ 5.7 billion for a boundary wall in an expense account.

The closure has helped 380,000 federal workers and forced 420,000 extra to work without pay.

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