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22 January 2019, 20:58 GMT / Updated 23 January 2019, 8:52 GMT
From Dareh Gregorian
Problems accumulate at the airports of the nation, because employees who are affected by the closure of the government are ready to miss another salary.
Unless the government had reopened before midnight – which would have cost a miracle, since the White House and the Democrats do not seem to speak to each other – federal workers would carry out another payment cycle without compensation, leaving them four weeks without wages.
The fallout from the impasse over federal spending on border security was on Monday at airports across the country, where the Transportation Security Administration acknowledged that a large number of their agents could not appear at work, so they waited longer on security lines.
TSA experienced a national percentage of unplanned absences of 7.5 percent compared to a percentage of 3.3 percent a year ago on the same weekday and "many employees report that due to financial constraints they are not able to report to work", the office said in a statement.
The longest waiting times for travelers were in Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, where the "maximum standard waiting time" was 46 minutes, said the TSA. Newark Liberty International Airport needed about 40 minutes and Baltimore / Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport had waited about 36 minutes.
Other airports had faster lines. Boston's Logan International Airport, Westchester County Airport in New York and Palm Beach International Airport in Florida all had waiting times of just 10 minutes, according to the bureau.
The partial closure began on December 22, after President Donald Trump stated that he would not sign an emergency measure that had been passed by the Senate and that the government had held open until February 8 because there was no funding to build a wall on the wall. . southern border.
On Saturday, Trump proposed to end the closure by providing limited protection for so-called Dreamer immigrants who were illegally taken to the United States as minors and offered other enticements in exchange for $ 5.7 billion in funding for his wall. However, Democratic lawmakers have said that they will not negotiate border funding until the government is reopened, and on Tuesday the Supreme Court effectively extended Dreamer protection for another 10 months.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, announced Tuesday afternoon at the Senate floor that the room will hold votes on Trump's proposal Thursday as well as a democratic alternative that simply re-opens the government without funding the wall.
Neither proposal probably meets the required threshold of 60 votes for adoption. The Republican plan would need support from seven Democrats, and the Democratic plan would need support from 13 Republicans.
Trump has indicated that he disapproves of any bill to reopen the government that does not include his requested wall-money.
"Without a wall, our country can never have borders or national security," Trump tweeted Tuesday morning. "With a powerful Wall of Steel Barrier, Crime Rates (and Drugs) will fall substantially throughout the US, the Dems know this, but want to play political games."
Without a wall, our country can never have borders or national security. With a powerful wall or steel barrier, Crime Rates (and Drugs) will fall substantially throughout the United States. The Dems know this, but want to play political games. Must finally be well done. No cave!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 22, 2019
A report from the FBI Agents Association said Tuesday that the closure makes the country less secure. The advocacy group, which represents 14,000 current and former agents, said the stoppage has hampered research across the country – preventing agents from doing business such as obtaining records in cases of child abuse, undercover drug shopping, or paying confidential sources in gang attacks and counterterrorism efforts.
Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for the federal justice system said officials could have saved enough money to let the courts work until January 31. The administration office of the US courts had initially said that the system had no money by 15 January. "No further expansions after 1 February are possible", according to the spokesperson.
Agricultural Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that he reopened Farm Service Agency offices across the country "for providing administrative services to farmers and ranchers during the course of federal funding," the department said in a press release. The 9,700 employees of the agency will only be paid after the closing has ended. They will be recalled on Thursday and will be staffing the agency five days a week for two weeks and three days a week, if necessary, according to the release.
In addition to the 800,000 federal employees who are saddled or who work without paying, an estimated 1.2 million people who have worked on government contracts also do not get paid.
Others whose companies benefit from government operations also feel the consequences.
With national parks closed, National Park Inn in Mount Rainier National Park has so far fired about half of its staff, said Melinda Simpson, operations manager of Rainier Guest Services concessionaire.
"Do we want to lose one of these people?" No, Simpson said. "It's not like a losing position where they'll get money somewhere in the queue and they get payment – they get nothing, for us as a company we'll survive – individuals – and really that's what this is all about – I know not it. "