The government shutdown has become the longest on record — by a wide margin

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17 January 2019 15:47

At 27 days in duration as of Thursday, the current partial government shutdown has become the longest one on record, based on figures that go back more than 40 years.

It now easily exceeds the prior record, which had been held by a 21-day closure during the Clinton administration that began in December 1995.

The chart below, based on Congressional Research Service data, shows how the current shutdown tops all other closures or gaps in funding in the last four decades.