The government is STILL shut down
The Senate adjourned today and won't be back until Monday afternoon.
What this means: The shutdown is likely to continue next week, making this the longest shutdown in US history.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, speaking to reporters moments ago, said President Trump’s consideration of a national emergency is “his big diversion.”
Asked if the government would reopen if he declared a national emergency, Pelosi said this:
“I think that would be his purpose. Well, I guess his purpose is to build a wall. But remember this about the wall. This isn’t a wall between Mexico and the United States, this is a wall between his failures of his administration, problems that may happen with (Robert) Mueller, his cabinet in dismay and disgrace. That’s the wall he’s trying to build between public opinion and what is going on. And so, this is his big diversion. And he’s a master at diversion.”
She wouldn’t comment on whether Trump would be overstepping his power to declare an emergency.
“Let’s see what he does,” she said when asked if Trump was overstepping.
Remember: The government does not just immediately reopen and the overall dynamics remain the same: The Senate, House Democrats and Trump all need to sign off on the plan to fund the 25% of the government currently shut down.
Given that — and the fact most senators have gone home for the week — it’s exceedingly unlikely the government reopens any time soon, no matter what the President does with his emergency declaration.
The Port of Seattle is hosting a resources fair on Friday to assist federal employees who are working without pay during the federal government’s partial shutdown, according to a Port of Seattle statement.
“The fair will bring together providers of short term loans, employee assistance programs and others to make it easier for federal employees to learn about the services that are available and quickly get help,” the port said in a statement.
The resources fair, being held at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, may be held again on Monday, based on response and needs expressed by participants at Friday’s event.
The House of Representatives just overwhelmingly passed a bill that guarantees backpay for federal workers who have been furloughed during the government's partial shutdown.
The vote was 411-7.
The Senate passed the bill on a voice vote yesterday.
Hundreds of thousands of federal workers missed their first full paychecks today.
What we're watching: The measure now goes to President Trump for his signature.
Tampa International Airport is starting a food bank for its government employees.
Airport officials are working with United Way Suncoast to start the food bank, which is for the airport's Transportation Security Administration, Customs and Border Protection and Federal Aviation Administration employees.
The food bank will open at noon on Monday.
About 700 federal airport employees work in Tampa, according to Janet Scherberger, vice president of media and government relations with the airport.
On top of the food bank, here's how else the Tampa airport is helping its furloughed workers...
- It has partnered with local bus agency to offer federal airport employees free bus passes during the shutdown.
- Tampa International Airport is also working with local utility companies that have helped to offer assistance as well during the shutdown.
- The airport is providing lunch for airport employees on Monday and Thursday.
Scherberger said that despite the government shutdown, Tampa International Airport is not experiencing any operational issues, and have not had to change any of its operations.
William Striffler, an air traffic controller at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey whose pay stub read $0.00 this week, said his wife is 39 weeks pregnant.
"This really struck a nerve," he told CNN. "This should be one of the happiest moments of our lives, and we have this hanging over our head."
Striffler said he and his wife have savings to help them through the next few months.
His message to Congress?
"We don't want to be used as political pawns," he said "We have a stressful enough job as it is. This is really, you know, going to start hitting hard."
Miami International Airport officials will reassess after this weekend whether they will keep Concourse G terminal closed beyond the weekend, spokesman Greg Chin tells CNN that they
The airport announced yesterday that it would close the security checkpoints in terminal G — one of six terminals in the airport — after 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday because of a shortage of Transportation Security Administration screeners.
Chin said that on a normal day, about 40 TSA officers call out sick. In the last couple of days, it has doubled. Now, about 80 TSA officers call out sick daily.
Even with the scaled back staff, Chin said TSA has been able to keep wait times down.
President Trump has repeatedly said he's considering declaring a national emergency if the shutdown talks crumble.
So what happens to the shutdown if Trump does, in fact, declare one?
The government does not just immediately re-open and the overall dynamics remain the same: The Senate, House Democrats and President Trump all need to sign off on the plan to fund the 25% of the government currently shut down.
At this point, according to GOP sources in both chambers, the White House has not fully laid out what President Trump would accept. While those same Republican sources are fairly certain the President will soon declare a national emergency, what the agreement would be to actually re-open the government remains an unknown.
Given that — and the fact most senators have gone home for the week — it’s exceedingly unlikely the government re-opens any time soon, no matter what the President does with his emergency declaration.
Hundreds of thousands of federal workers are waking up to their first full missed paychecks today.
Take, for instance, William Striffler, an air traffic controller at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey.
He gave CNN permission to use this image of his pay stub. The amount listed under "net pay?" $0.00.
Meanwhile, some members of Congress are refusing or donating their own paychecks in a show of solidarity with furloughed workers.
So far, 71 members of Congress say they will turn down their paychecks during the partial government shutdown, according to social media posts and statements reviewed by CNN.
That comprises 13 senators and 58 representatives, with members from both parties making up a similar proportion of those going without pay. Fourteen representatives passing on pay are newly elected and were sworn in this year.