By Michael Hernandez
The ongoing partial government shutdown became the longest closure in U.S. history Saturday as President Donald Trump continues to insist on funding for his border wall, a demand Democrats staunchly resist.
The previous shutdown record took place under former President Bill Clinton while Republicans controlled both houses of Congress. It lasted three weeks, from December 1995 to January 1996.
Trump has worked with Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to ensure any legislation that does not include the $5.7 billion he is seeking for the separation barrier does not make it to the chamber floor.
That has been holding for now, but it is unclear how much longer the Republican leader will hold out.
Despite going into the shutdown with claims of pride and "taking the mantle" over a then-looming closure, Trump has repeatedly sought to blame Democrats for the current deadlock even as most opinion polls show the American public is increasingly blaming the president for the predicament.
"Democrats could solve the Shutdown in 15 minutes! Call your Dem Senator or Congresswoman/man. Tell them to get it done! Humanitarian Crisis," he wrote on Twitter Saturday morning.
The president has claimed he can build the wall using emergency
Should Trump choose to declare a national emergency he would have to divert previously appropriated funds with some reports suggesting the president's team is scrambling to find revenue sources, including from ongoing disaster relief projects.
Democrats, however, are preparing a legal challenge should Trump execute the option.
"We've recognized all along that this is a political emergency for the president. It's not
"To the extent this means that the president is essentially surrendering and he knows that there is not bipartisan consensus for his wall in Congress and so he's going to attempt to do it unilaterally through administrative powers it might