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Government shutdown enters 5th day with no end in sight

WASHINGTON D.C. (WKOW) — It’s the fifth day of a partial government shutdown with no end in sight.

The senate is scheduled to go into session Thursday, but few senators are expected to be around.

Lawmakers away from Washington for the holidays will get 24 hours notice before they have to return for a vote.

The standoff between President Trump and Democrats over funding the government and his border wall could last into the new year.

With one fourth of the federal government closed, about 400,000 employees nationwide will likely work without getting paid during this shutdown — including TSA workers.

But don’t worry — your travel plans won’t be delayed. Security workers at the nation’s airports are still on-duty to screen passengers because those employees are considered “essential.”

“The Transportation Administration who screens all the luggage for our daily scheduled airline service or the air traffic controllers that are directing the aircraft in and out. They all have very serious safety functions associated with their positions. And so it’s really important that we be able to maintain normal operations with them coming to work everyday,” said Charity Zich, director of the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport.

“These people who have bills even if ultimately, they will get the money, short term, they could probably tide over. But the longer term people, people have problems,” said UW Stevens Point professor Ed Miller.

The uncertainty is leading to more worry on Wall Street. So far it’s been the worst December on record for stocks since the Great Depression.

“If you look at the economy right now what we feel every day of our lives things are okay. Unemployment rate we’re at the lowest level in 49 years. Most economists don’t see the positivity that we feel in this moment adding up to next year,” said ABC News economic expert Rebecca Jarvis.

“I think that markets are focused on on downside risks. But I think when they start to see the holidays sales data and so on, that they’re going to have to refocus on the upside risks as well,” said Kevin Hassett, Council of Economic Advisors Chariman.

TSA officials said federal employees who are required to work during the shutdown will eventually get paid, but not until the government reopens.

While many national parks remain open, most visitor services are down.

David Johnson

Reporter, WKOW

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