Federal employees going without pay protested on Capitol Hill Wednesday, as the longest shutdown in US history marches on.
Workers affected by the shutdown gathered in the Hart Senate Office Building to stand silently for 33 minutes, one for each day their agencies have been operating without government funding.
President Trump’s demand for $5.7 billion for his border wall has caused Washington to grind to a halt, with neither side budging.
And the tactic is not a popular one.
A CBS poll finds 71 percent of Americans dont think the wall is worth shutting down the government over.
Neither does Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who on Wednesday vowed to stand firm against Trump’s demands.
SOUNDBITE (English) HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI: “There is serious and justified concern that this president would shut down the government anytime he does not get his way legislatively.
That is why we must hold the line on this shutdown in government…” The hundreds of thousands of affected federal workers are struggling to make ends meet, many were turning to unemployment assistance, food banks or Gofundme accounts.
Others began seeking new jobs altogether.
The FBI Agents Association said on Tuesday that investigations of possible financial crimes, drugs and terrorism were being hindered by a lack of funds.
In a somewhat long-shot effort to end the stalemate, on Thursday the Senate will vote on two opposing bills.
One would include border wall funding and temporary relief for "Dreamers." The other, backed by Democrats, would temporarily fund the government but include none of Trump's wall demands.
But both bills seem at this point destined to fail.
3 House Democrat on Wednesday floated the idea of ending a partial government shutdown by giving President Donald Trump the money seeks — but for border security, not a “wall.” House Majority Whip James Clyburn told reporters that Democrats could fulfill Trump's request with a "smart wall" that includes drones, X-rays, sensors and more border patrol agents.