Government shutdown enters record-tying 21st day

Posted at 7:14 AM, Jan 11, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Friday marks day 21 of the partial government shutdown. It ties the record for the longest shutdown ever, that record was set during President Bill Clinton’s administration back in 1996.

Thousands of federal workers will not receive their paychecks Friday. They held protests across the country pleading to be allowed to return to work. Two federal employee unions have sued the Trump administration over the shutdown, saying it’s illegal to make employees work and not get paid.

The Miami International Airport will close a terminal this weekend because security screeners have called in sick at twice the airport’s normal rate.

Airport spokesperson Greg Chin said there’s concern there won’t be enough workers to handle all 11 security checkpoints.

The White House has directed the Army Corps of Engineers to look at using emergency money that Congress approved for natural disaster relief to pay for the wall.