House and Senate are both scheduled to come back into session this afternoon — but things are a little in flux due to the weather and subsequent closure of the federal government in Washington.
So there's not much on today's agenda: There are currently no meetings scheduled and no new proposals being traded, aides in both parties say.
1 hr 13 min ago
Air traffic controllers are starting to feel the pressure from the partial government shutdown, according to Dan McCabe, a spokesman with the National Air Traffic Controllers Association.
“The shutdown must end immediately” McCabe says.
McCabe expressed concern about the impact the partial shutdown will have on the Super Bowl traffic that will flow through Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in the coming weeks.
Remember: It's still safe to fly. While agencies like the Transportation Security Administration and the Federal Aviation Administration are understaffed because of the shutdown, experts say there's no reason to believe safety is compromised.
Security at airport checkpoints across the country is just as effective as ever, and average wait times are within TSA standards, an agency spokesman said.
But things could get less safe over time: Just because air travel is still safe now does not mean that a prolonged government shutdown wouldn't have a potentially dangerous impact.
Issues like understaffing and employees quitting will only get worse with time.
1 hr 33 min ago
From CNN's Rene Marsh
The Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is struggling with TSA short staffing.
The airport’s Director of Communications, Elise Durham, told CNN the long security lines happening this morning at the airport are in part due to short staffing at TSA checkpoints.
“Mondays are always busy days for us at Hartsfield-Jackson, but I can tell you that we are down a few security lanes because of the shutdown,” Durham said.
While the lines are long, they are moving, Durham said.
Earlier today, the airport's website estimated that wait times to get through security was more than an hour for some checkpoints.
Tim Babcock and Jay Anthony arrived at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport at 7 a.m. for a 10:15 a.m. flight to Dallas. The lines for security were so long that they're winding around inside the airport.
Here's the footage they shot:
1 hr 48 min ago
From CNN's Phil Mattingly
Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday he advised the President to agree to re-open the government for three weeks, hold negotiations over border security and the wall, and if they ended up failing, then declare a national emergency.
What this means: Don’t read this as a sign that Graham is fleeing the President’s side — this is far more about Graham understanding that negotiations are more fruitful with a new deadline (or anvil hanging over one’s head) than anything else. That's something that simply doesn’t exist in this current scenario, where there is no deadline — or end to a shutdown in sight.
But it is worth noting that Graham has repeatedly tried to find ways to re-open the government and set the stage for future negotiations over a period of time.
And remember: the President explicitly asked Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi in the Situation Room if she would give him money for his border wall in a month if he agreed to immediately open the government. Pelosi said no.
2 hr 15 min ago
From CNN's Phil Mattingly
Snow clovers the East Front of the US Capitol, on Sunday
As Washington DC is snowed in, shutdown talks are still at a complete and total impasse. It's day 24 of the shutdown, and things are just stuck in the same place as they have been for three weeks. Period.
Bottom line: The dynamics haven’t changed. Between President Trump and Democratic leaders, someone will have to blink, and neither side is either willing — or, according to key players on both sides, currently has the political incentive — to do so. The expectation at the moment is that this week will be just as fruitless as the last.
This weekend, CNN's Phil Mattingly polled seven senior GOP and Democratic aides who have been involved in these fights for years about how they thought this would end. While everyone had ideas and theories, not one could give a firm, confident answer on the way out.
The reason why was probably best encapsulated by this, from a GOP aide:
“We’re used to dealing with rational actors – the idea that once we get into situations like this, one side will see there’s no way out and end the stupidity. But those usual triggers – polls, pain of a shutdown on the country, frustrated members of your party – just don’t seem to move this president. Because it’s not about them, or an outcome. It’s about the fight.”
55% say Trump is more responsible for the shutdown than are Democrats in Congress
32% say the blame rests mostly with the Democrats
Another 9% say both are responsible.
Negotiations between the President and congressional leaders have stalled as neither side seems willing to budge on funding for a wall along the border with Mexico.
That proposal remains unpopular with the public, according to the poll. Overall, 56% oppose a wall, 39% favor it.
2 hr 38 min ago
President Trump said he is not considering declaring a national emergency, which would to allow him to bypass Congress and obtain funding to build his long-promised border wall, but he maintained that he is legally able to do so.
"I'm not looking to call a national emergency. This is so simple we shouldn't have to. Now, I have the absolute legal right to call it. But I'm not looking to do that because this is too simple," Trump said.
He again blamed Democrats for keeping the government shut down
"The Democrats should say, 'We want border security.' We have to build a wall otherwise you can't have border security and we should get on with our lives. The Democrats are stopping us and they're stopping a lot of great people from getting paid."
In a new CNN poll, a majority say Trump bears more responsibility for it than the Democrats in Congress.