- (government) shutdown
- 政府閉鎖（後出 closure もここでは同意）
- surpass ～
- 省（後出 Homeland Security は国土安全保障省、 State は国務省、Transportation は運輸省、Interior は内務省、Justice は司法省のこと）
- 連邦（政府）の（後出 federal ... screener は保安検査員のこと）
- make ... meet
- 米配車サービス会社名（後出 Airbnb は米民泊仲介会社名）
- stock market
- gross domestic product
- Securities and ... Commission
- (initial) public (stock) offering
- Environmental Protection Agency
As U.S. President Donald Trump and Congress bicker over Trump's call for $5.7 billion to build a border wall with Mexico, the government shutdown entered its 22nd day on Jan. 12, surpassing the previous record set in 1996.
Nine of the 15 Cabinet-level departments have not been funded, including Homeland Security, State, Transportation, Interior and Justice. An estimated 800,000 federal employees are furloughed or working unpaid. Some are taking on second jobs to make ends meet, such as driving for Uber or renting their rooms for Airbnb users.
The shutdown is also upsetting the U.S. economy, from travel to stock markets, with no end to the closure in sight.
At Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world's busiest, passengers waited more than an hour to get through checkpoints on Jan. 14, due to lack of federal security screeners. The airport advised passengers via its Twitter account to give themselves three hours to clear security. "It's chaos out here," a passenger said. Delta Air Lines said on Jan. 15 that the shutdown is costing it $25 million a month in government travel.
Much official economic data reporting, such as the nation's gross domestic product, has been suspended. Since the Securities and Exchange Commission, which oversees public stock offerings, is mostly closed, the initial public offerings of companies such as Uber are likely to face delays.
The shutdown began on Dec. 22, when a short-term spending bill expired. Trump has refused to sign funding bills until Congress approves a budget to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Democrats, who hold a majority in the House after the 2018 midterms, are opposed to the wall.
Leiran Biton, 39, a furloughed employee with the Environmental Protection Agency, said, "My job has nothing to do with the wall, border security, immigration. Get me back to work." (AP)
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