Beginning at 12:01am on Saturday, December 22, 2018, the federal government partially shut down after Republicans and Democrats in Congress could not agree on a stopgap funding measure that included enough money for President Trump's proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall to garner his signature. The partial shutdown-affecting the Environmental Protection Agency and the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Justice, State, Transportation, and Treasury-is set to continue for at least several more days until an agreement can be reached between President Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and House Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). The departments whose funding lapsed represent about a quarter of the $1.24 trillion in government discretionary spending for FY 2019.An estimated 400,000 federal employees are working without pay and 350,000 are furloughed. If the shutdown standoff continues, all workers in the departments and agencies affected by the closing will miss their next paycheck on January 11. Read more.