>> We want to work, we want to work!>> Federal workers rallied in Washington on Thursday, demanding an end to the nearly three week old government shutdown.>> Stop the shutdown now!>> Turning up the heat on Democrats and President Trump to end their bitter standoff over his $5 billion demand for a border wall after talks collapsed in spectacular fashion on Wednesday.
>> The President just got up and walked out.>> No paycheck, no peace.>> Some 800,000 federal employees, from TSA screeners to FBI agents, are either furloughed or working without pay. On Friday all of them will miss their first paycheck.>> Pay the workers, furlough Trump.>> Like to go back to work, like to go back to doing my job.
>> We work for the American people, we want to be doing our jobs.>> Pay the workers.>> Well Trump, by the nature of the job, he's insulated from the pain that a lot of federal workers are going to face as they miss their first paycheck. And he said he sympathizes with them, but as this goes on they're getting angrier, their elected representatives are gonna hear that more and more.
>> And negotiations are going nowhere, with one effort led by Lindsey Graham failing to make progress. Graham had met on Wednesday night with fellow Republican senators and White House senior advisor Jarred Kushner, but by Thursday the momentum was gone.>> I have never been more depressed about moving forward than right now.
I just don't see a pathway forward.>> On Thursday Trump seemed to confirm that if the talks fail he would declare a national emergency to get funding for the wall, redirecting money from the Pentagon.>> I'm not prepared to do that yet, but if I have to I will.
>> Democrats in control of the House of Representatives have refused to fund the wall, calling it a waste of federal money.>> But no, we're gonna invest in a stupid, static wall.>> They're instead passing bills to immediately open the government. Bills that Senate Leader Mitch McConnell is refusing to consider without Trump's consent.
>> It's a fact, physical barriers are effective.>> If the stalemate is not resolved before the weekend, it will be the longest government shutdown in the nation's history.>> We wanna work. We