Government shutdown now longest in U.S. history

The partial government shutdown has now entered its 22nd day and fourth week. It has become the longest in United States history.

It still involves a stalemate between President Trump and Democrats in Congress over money for a Mexican border wall. The president says it would be easy for him to declare a national emergency and find federal money to build it. But he said he doesn't want to do that.

"It's the easy way out," President Trump said. "So I'd rather not do it because this is something that Congress should easily do."

Without an agreement, members of congress left Washington for the weekend. And there are no negotiations scheduled. The president told the 800,000 federal workers who didn't get paychecks Friday that he appreciates their sacrifices.

Also on Friday, Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley joined some other senators in introducing a bill to prevent government shutdowns in the future.

The End Government Shutdowns Act would create an automatic continuing resolution for any regular appropriations bill that hasn't passed by an October 1 deadline. Then, after 120 days, the bill would reduce funding for the continuing resolution by 1 percent. And it would continue to go down by 1 percent every 90 days until Congress agrees on a regular government spending plan.