The shutdown is having an impact on thousands of Americans who work for the federal government.
On Thursday morning, Minnesota Senator Tina Smith spoke to Congress about the people in her state who are suffering because they’re not being paid.
It was a plea for change from a fairly new member of Congress.
“Since I became a Senator, just a little over a year ago, the government has been closed three times over the President’s obsession with building an expensive and ineffective wall on our southern border,” said Tina Smith, Senator for Minnesota.
The shutdown is nearing three weeks long.
Senator Tina Smith, and other Democratic members of Congress, are speaking out against this stalemate over the border wall.
Earlier today, President Trump addressed the wall debate during a roundtable in Texas.
“They say a wall is medieval, well so is a wheel. A wheel is older than a wall,” Trump said, later adding: “The wheel is older than the wall, you know that? There are some things that work. You know what? A wheel works and a wall works,” said Trump.
Trump told reporters Thursday if Congress won’t approve funds to pay for the wall, he may declare a national emergency and use money from the military to build the wall.
Smith says she has had several employees from air traffic control specifically contact her.
Other national reports have shown there is already a shortage of these workers, and this could end up impacting flights.
While the country waits, thousands are working without pay.
“If they have a mortgage bill that they have to pay at the end of the month, they’re not going to have the cash to do it. Or they have to pay for child care because they’re working, but they’re not going to have the money to do it. They’re just like most Americans, if you don’t get paid, you don’t pay your bills,” said Smith.
Smith says she does support stronger border security, however she does not believe it is an issue that should get in the way of the government working.