WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — Rhode Island’s Congressional Delegation will join unpaid federal employees at T.F. Green Airport on Monday to urge President Trump to end the partial government shutdown, according to Congressman Jim Langevin’s office.
Sunday marked day 23 of the shutdown, the longest on record.
Talks to end the shutdown have stalled, and the sticking point remains the White House’s demand for a $5.7 billion wall along the southern border.
On Sunday, President Trump took to twitter, describing the wall as vital to national security.
The damage done to our Country from a badly broken Border – Drugs, Crime and so much that is bad – is far greater than a Shutdown, which the Dems can easily fix as soon as they come back to Washington!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 13, 2019
This past Friday marked the first paycheck missed by roughly 800,000 federal workers during the shutdown.
Senators Reed and Whitehouse, along with Congressman Langevin and Cicilline plan to meet with local union representatives for TSA officers and air traffic controllers to discuss the hardships faced by employees still required to come to work while they are not being paid.