Ohio lawmakers meet with unpaid federal workers

Sherrod Brown at Hopkins Airport

(Cleveland) - Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio met with workers who are hurt by the ongoing government shutdown. Brown gathered with Transportation Security Administration workers at Cleveland Hopkins Airport, who are currently working without pay due to the government shutdown. 

Brown is calling on President Trump and Senator McConnell to end the shut down immediately, and believes the Senate shouldn’t be voting on anything else this week until the government is reopened.

Meanwhile, Congressman Tim Ryan visited Federal Correctional Institution Elkton amid the government shutdown. FCI Elkton is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a division of the United States Department of Justice. 

Approximately 300 FCI Elkton employees are affected by the shutdown.

The government is partially shut down, and has been for 18 days now over wrangling over border security.

President trump is increasing his effort to address what he describes as a national security crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border. 

Both the Vice President and the President himself have stated Trump is thinking about declaring a national emergency to secure funding for a border wall. 

Trump is asking media networks to broadcast a primetime address from the white house tonight.  Press Secretary Sarah Sanders says the President will visit the border on Thursday, but she has not yet confirmed the location.

(Photos by Kyle Cornell & Ken Robinson/WTAM)

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