>> Senators are set to consider opposing bills on Thursday in a long shot bid to end the partial government shutdown. 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 President Trump's wall demands.
The vote comes at a time of high tension in Washington. Protests on Capitol Hill on Thursday sought to pressure to lawmakers to end the impasse.>> Where is Mitch?>> Federal employees going without pay 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.>> We need the wall.>> A CBS poll out Wednesday finds 71% of Americans don't think the wall is worth shutting down the government over.
And neither does Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who on Wednesday vowed to stand firm against Trump's demands.>> There is serious and justified concern that this president would shut down the government any time 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.>> We drove an hour and 20 minutes just to get some food, cuz we're not getting paid.>> Many are turning to unemployment assistance, food banks, or GoFundMe accounts. Others began seeking new jobs all together.
>> Fund the FBI now.>> The FBI Agents Association said on Tuesday that investigations of possible financial crimes, drugs, and terrorism were being hindered by the lack of funds. The number three House Democrat on Wednesday floated the idea of ending the shutdown by giving President Trump the money he seeks, but for border security, not a wall.
House Majority Whip James Clyburn told reporters that Democrats could fulfill Trump's request with a quote, smart wall that includes drones, x-rays, sensors, and more border patrol agents.