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    The second shutdown of the United States federal government in 2018, which has continued into January 2019, began at midnight EST on Saturday, December 22. It occurred when the United States Congress and President Donald Trump could not agree on an appropriations bill to fund the operations of the federal government for the 2019 fiscal year, or a temporary continuing resolution that would extend the deadline for passing a bill. The Antideficiency Act prohibits federal departments or agencies from conducting non-essential operations without appropriations legislation in place. As a result, nine executive departments with around 800,000 employees had to shut down partially or in full, affecting about one-fourth of government activities and causing employee furloughs. As of January 22, 2019 EST, the shutdown is in its 32nd day. It is the longest U.S. government shutdown in history, having surpassed the 21-day shutdown of 1995–1996.