Friday is a zero-dollar payday for about 800,000 federal employees affected by the ongoing government shutdown.
Over the weekend, some airports had long lines at checkpoints, apparently caused by a rising number of security officers calling in sick as they face the prospect of missing their first paycheck this week.
In a surreal, televised Oval Office squabble between President Trump, Nancy Pelosi and Charles Schumer, the president threatened a government shutdown unless Congress funds his border wall.
Another government shutdown would cost the federal government billions of dollars and put stress on the economy and the nation’s credit rating.
As the shutdown of the federal government ended, President Trump held back on his instincts to make himself part of the story by making a deal or picking a fight.
With a federal government shutdown looming, congressional leaders met with top White House officials late Wednesday in search of an agreement that could keep the government open and provide a long-term solution for thousands of young people whose immigration status is in flux.