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Part of the U.S. government shut down on December 22, 2018 and continues to be closed into January 2019. This happened because the United States Congress and President Trump were not able to agree on a budget for the 2019 fiscal year. The shutdown is only partial because some departments have funding from other bills. About 25% of government workers are affected. Some are not working, while others are being asked to work without pay.\n\nEarly in January, Trump told Democratic leaders that he would take the blame for the shutdown because building a border wall is essential to national security. He also said he was willing to let the shutdown continue for "months or even years." He add