Shutdown becomes longest federal closure in US history

Government shutdown enters 22nd day, becoming the longest federal closure in US history

Nine of the 15 Cabinet-level departments have not been funded. The Defense Department and the Department of Veterans Affairs, the government's largest agencies, are the most notable exceptions and continue to operate since they were funded through Sept. 30.

The shutdown has furloughed 380,000 federal workers and forced an additional 420,000 to work without pay.