The closure, which began on December 22, broke a decades-old record by a 1995-1996 shutdown under former President Bill Clinton that lasted 21 days. Roughly 800,000 federal workers did not receive paychecks that would have gone out on Friday. Air traffic controllers at Washington's Regan National Airport are working despite not receiving pay. The Federal Aviation Administration, which oversees air traffic controllers, said on Saturday it had seen no unusual rates of sick leave among its air traffic controllers and no disruptions to air traffic control operations. Trump is considering a possible national emergency declaration that would end the shutdown and allow him to obtain his wall funding by circumventing Congress.
Source: Otago Daily Times January 12, 2019 20:37 UTC