At midnight on Saturday, the shutdown entered its 22nd day, which makes it the longest gap in American government funding ever.
That beats the previous record, under President Bill Clinton in 1995, of 21 days.
President Trump is not the only person in Washington who could end this government shutdown now.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) could bring a “clean” funding bill to the floor, free up his GOP caucus to support it and could quite possibly secure enough votes to override a presidential veto.
McConnell already did it once, when he believed he had Trump’s blessing. Before the holidays he allowed a vote to keep the government running until Feb. 8, to avoid a shutdown and buy more time to negotiate Trump’s demand for border wall funding. It passed easily.
But then Trump bowed to pressure from his base, House Republicans dared not challenge him, and the parts of the government that had not yet been funded were shut down.
Luckily, for the people funding the Republican Party this is a no harm, no foul situation, even if a lot of other people are rather less lucky.