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Outpouring of generosity as shutdown shows no signs of ending
The partial government shutdown enters its 27th day, the longest in U.S. history, Thursday with no end in sight.
The standstill hinges on President Donald Trump's demands for $5.7 billion to pay for a southern border wall that he promised during his campaign. Democrats, who control the House, call the wall "ineffective and expensive" and have refused to approve billions for the wall tied to funding legislation.
As a result, some 800,000 federal workers have been furloughed or forced to work without pay, and the loss of government services is affecting millions more. Donations have poured in for workers affected by the shutdown as people have donated diapers, juice, garbage bags and canned soup, according to the Associated Press. Some businesses are also offering furloughed federal workers a little reliefranging from free meals, restaurant discounts to deferring payments and zero-interest loans.
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