Federal workers rally in protest Thursday at the U.S. Capitol and the White House in the third week of a partial shutdown of the federal government, which has placed them on furlough or to work without pay. Congress and President Donald Trump remain at a budget stalemate as Democrats refuse to provide Trump with the $5.7 billion funding request for a wall along the Mexico border.
Members and supporters of the National Air Controllers Association and other aviation industry associations protest the partial federal government shutdown at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI
Rep. Peter Defazio, D-Ore., speaks at the rally. He later tweeted, "A wall is not impenetrable. You can go under it, over it, around it, & through it. A wall won’t stop drugs or undocumented immigrants from coming into this country. We need smart investment in our nation's border security -- not a barrier doomed to fail." Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI
While federal employees show their disapproval of the shutdown, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell blocked two bills Thursday that were passed by the House last week to reopen the government. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI