>> Day 35 of the government shutdown. And now the FAA says that air traffic control staffing shortages are causing delays at Philadelphia, Newark, and La Guardia airports on Friday morning. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi calling on the president to end the shutdown which quote, has already pushed hundreds of thousands of Americans to the the breaking point.
Now it´s pushing our airspace to the breaking point too. Federal employees missed their second paycheck today as Washington remains paralyzed. Some are growing desperate and agencies are losing patience. In a letter to Trump and Congress Thursday, five former Homeland Security Secretaries urged an end to the shutdown. The signees included John Kelly, Trump's former Homeland Secretary and, until last month, Chief of Staff.
DHS personnel, they write, should not have to rely on the charitable generosity of others for assistance in feeding their families and paying their bills while they steadfastly focus on the mission at hand. This is unconscionable.>> You as members of the armed forces should not be expected to shoulder this burden.
>> The Coast Guard's top admiral tweeted a video calling the situation unacceptable.>> I find it unacceptable that Coast Guard men and women have to rely on food pantries and donations to get through day-to-day life as service members.>> Fund the FBI now.>> FBI agents this week said the shutdown is hampering their ability to fight crime.
Air traffic controllers warn it's causing dangerous risks. Many employees have to turned to unemployment assistance, food banks and other support, or have sought new jobs. Hundreds protested in the capital on Wednesday, demanding an end to the impasse over Trump's demand for a border wall.>>
But Trump's Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross appeared tone-deaf when asked about workers struggling to make ends meet.
The billionaire investor told CNBC Thursday, quote, I know they are and I don't really quite understand why. Adding that they could just take out federal loans to get by. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Ross had echoes of Marie Antoinette.