The budget shutdown is currently the second-longest on record, on track to break the 1995-96 shutdown, which lasted 21 days. That shutdown — between President Bill Clinton and my dad, Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., was over a seven-year budget. They eventually compromised and passed a budget.
Once the sides have been staked out, it becomes hard to end a shutdown. To properly compromise, both sides need to walk away winning something, to be able to communicate to their side that they that they were successful.
This current stalemate does not seem to leave room for such a compromise. A budget bill needs to pass the House and Senate before heading to the president's desk for signature. The Senate, which is controlled by the Republicans, is unlikely to address any bill that President Donald Trump does not support.
In an effort to follow former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's advice and win the argument before winning the vote, President Trump addressed the country from the Oval Office Tuesday night. His message was clear and compelling: "There is a growing humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border," and we need to resolve it. His solution? A "proposal from Homeland Security includes cutting-edge technology for detecting drugs, weapons, illegal contraband and many other things. We have requested more agents, immigration judges to process the sharp rise of unlawful migration fueled by our very strong economy."