January 11, 2019

Shutdown update

The union representing the United States' air traffic controllers is suing the Trump administration over pay that has been frozen as part of the partial government shutdown. It is a sign of increasing tension between federal workers and the government as the impasse edges closer to becoming the longest ever.
The chief executive of the Capital Area Food Bank’s Hunger Lifeline, Radha Muthiah, tells The Washington Post the food bank expects to serve as many as 600,000 more meals this month at a cost of $300,000 as the shutdown ripples through the local economy. Nonprofit organizations say the shutdown over President Donald Trump’s promised U.S.-Mexico border wall is coinciding with the worst two months for donations. They worry their funding may not cover the need.

With more federal security screeners refusing to work without pay, Miami International Airport plans to cut off access to one of its terminals over the weekend in order to send TSA workers to busier checkpoints

Washington has been through tons of these legislative fights in the last 10 years. This might be the only time where there has actually been zero progress in three weeks. Like, none. Not one inch or scintilla of movement.

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