Now it has another historic notch on its belt, the government's longest-run government shutdown – a dead-end, setting a new low for Washington's dysfunction.
The dispute sparked by Trump's billions of dollars to finally make money The unfulfilled election pledge to build a border wall began so long ago that Republicans had a monopoly on Washington's power. The Democratic takeover of the House has deepened the split, and with no side ready to fold after nearly 22 days, there is no end in sight.
The past three weeks have uncovered the lack of empathy of a billionaire president. The struggles of workers working paycheck wages are shrugged off. Trump is clearly concerned about a pet-political project rather than his constitutional role in giving all Americans governance.
But he is not alone in his dereliction of duty. The Republican-led Senate is doing nothing to offer its president a salvific way out. And while the Democrats of the House go through the petitions for issuing bills to reopen the government, they do not seem to do much else to break the traffic jam. Before Trump was president, party leaders had at least apparently had the opportunity to finance a frontier border under broader immigration legislation.
Trump called on party leaders on Friday to return to Washington to vote for a wall, a barrier or whatever they want to call it ̵
"Here I ask the Democrats to return to Washington and vote for money for the Wall, for the barrier, whatever you want to call it, it's okay for me." The President said to Whites during a roundtable House about immigration.
"You can call it, whatever you call it 'peaches', I do not care what they call it, but we need money for that barrier," he added.
The stalemate marks a crucial first battle between Trump and his Democratic enemies in Washington's new era of shared government.
But every battle has its victims. And now there are 800,000 government employees who feel insulted, forgotten and worried as rent, mortgage, car costs and medical bills flare up. In fact, the members of the convention who are paid are absent until Monday.
You may find that the nation's transportation system is under pressure on your flight home. Many of these TSA agents that protect travelers work without pay. An airport in Tampa opens a food bank for employees. And some food inspections will be put on hold with the closure of the government.