The US Government shutdown started on December 22 2018 is currently the longest ever, with little evidence of end in sight.

In recent US history, since 1976, there have been 21 shutdowns, lasting from 1 to 21. The longest so far took place under Clinton on Dec 15,1995.

The current impasse, which is stemming from a political clash between the US President, unwilling to sign any budget resolution not including spending for Mexican wall ( budget of about $5.7 bn) and Democratic Party opposing this expense, is particularly of a concern as example of the policy risks lying ahead for the US Economy.