Day 31 of the partial government shutdown. Lawmakers will return to Washington after the MLK holiday, but there’s still no deal to reopen the government or provide financial relief to federal workers.
Week five of the partial government shutdown, President Trump and Congressional Democrats will continue pushing separate plans to reopen the government.
President Donald Trump says, “This is a commonsense compromise both parties should embrace. “
Over the weekend, the president offered Congress three years of protections for dreamers, young people who were brought to the US illegally as minors.
In exchange, Trump wants that $5.7 billion for his southern border wall.
Senator James Lankford saying, “I think the president’s put a reasonable compromise on the table”.
Democrats reportedly plan to counter-proposing no money for the wall, but a billion dollars for border security, half for infrastructure.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says, “offering some of those protections that he took away, back, in exchange for the wall is not a compromise, but hostage taking.”
This week, Democrats will introduce a new bill to help provide financial relief to 800,000 federal workers who are not getting paid. The TSA tells ABC News the agency is in uncharted territory, the number of employee call-outs increased to 8% this weekend.
TSA Agent Jamie Keys tells us, “It’s demoralizing because you go to work and you expect pay for hard work and you wake up and your bank account is empty.”
The TSA is now implementing contingency plans. And, despite the shutdown, hundreds showed up at a TSA job fair in Minnesota.
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to bring the president’s proposal up for a vote tomorrow but it likely won’t get the needed 60 votes to pass.