Longest Government Shutdown in U.S. History

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The longest government shutdown in the U.S. history didn’t happen so far ago. In fact, the longest government shutdown happened only a few years ago under presidency of Donald Trump.

The government shut down due to federal funds for U.S. and Mexico border wasn’t given to the Department of Homeland Security. This government shutdown happened in late-2018 and early-2019. With a record length, the government shutdown lasted for 35 days in total


  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Department of Justice
  • Department of State
  • Department of Transportation
  • Department of the Treasury
  • Executive Office of the President
  • Judicial Branch

In addition to the above agencies, independent agencies most of the Department of the Interior and some Department of Health and Human Services agencies were shut down.

It also had a total of $5 billion cost to the government. After the government opened, the first ones to be called into work were the Internal Revenue Service workers so that the people’s refunds wouldn’t be late. In comparison to the other government shutdowns in the U.S. that were quite long, the 2018-19 government shutdown was 14 days longer.

Don’t let this difference make you think otherwise though. Even two days of a government shutdown could potentially have tens of millions of dollars in damages to the government.


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