Week Three: How the Government Shutdown Is Affecting More Than Just Federal Employees
- Lots of talk here inWashington, but little progress
as leaders from bothsides of the aisle dig in
over the battle to fund the government.
- Schumer and Nancy Pelosi and myself
can solve this in 20 minutes
if they want to.
- [Amber] The president is holding out
for that $5 billion he says is needed
to protect Americansfrom illegal immigrants
at the southern border,
including criminalactivities like drug dealing
and human trafficking.
- We have an absolute crisis.
- [Amber] He's also signalinga change in language
when it comes to the wall, tweeting,
"We are now planning a SteelBarrier rather than concrete."
It's something the White Househopes will ease negotiations
with Democrats who they sayvoted for a border in the past.
- At the end of the day, though,
Democrats have said over and over again
that they support border security.
Now it's time to fulfill
some of those statementsthat they've made.
- [Amber] With or withoutDemocratic support,
President Trump is toying with the idea
of declaring a national emergency
and having the military build the wall.
- I think the president
would be wide open to acourt challenge saying
where's the emergency?
You have to establishthat in order to do this.
- [Amber] Caught in the middle?
800,000 federal employees,including TSA workers.
Some of those employeesare calling in sick,
resulting in long lines at airports.
- Please, everyone, have patience
with the officers that came to work.
- [Amber] The TSA admitsthe calls have increased,
but nothing extraordinary.
Democrats say they want to openindividual departments now,
and continue immigrationdiscussions down the road.
- This gun-at-our-head approach
with closing down the government
is the thing we most oppose.
- And non-government workerscould feel the sting here, too.
With tax season right around the corner,
experts say those federaltax refunds could be delayed.
Amber Strong, CBN News, in Washington.