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Americas Economic overview

January 2019

The United States is enduring the longest government shutdown in its history, something that could damage the country’s economic growth and the outlook for its energy sector.

The government shutdown started on 22 December 2018, resulting in the partial closure of almost a quarter of federal operations. The stalemate has been caused by a disagreement between President Donald Trump and the Democratic Party over funding for a proposed border wall with Mexico.

Trump wants the US Congress to approve $5.7 billion for the wall, but the Democrats...