MLK's daughter tears up talking about workers affected by the shutdown
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Bernice King, the youngest daughter of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., got emotional Thursday as she spoke about the National Park Service employees who have been furloughed during the ongoing partial government shutdown.

Atlanta's Fox5 reported that King addressed the absence of National Park Service employees while speaking at an event in the city ahead of a kickoff ceremony for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday later this month.


"Our main partner in this area in this district is the National Park Service … and they’re not here with us today," King said, pausing as she appeared to fight back tears. "I didn't expect to cry about this."

"Due to the, obviously, the government shutdown, they are unable to join us today and we continue to pray and hope that the members of Congress and the president of the United States will find a pathway forward so that the people who work for our government every day can get back to work and support their families, do the things they’re passionate about and continue to move our nation forward," King said.

King's remarks coincided with an observance and kickoff reception at Georgia Tech on Thursday night for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday that is on Jan. 21.

Her comments came as roughly 25 percent of the government has been shuttered for 20 days and counting, with lawmakers appearing far apart on any potential solution.

Hundreds of thousands of federal workers have gone without pay as the impasse over President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump campaign buys full page ads in Miami newspapers ahead of Dem debates Trump administration's 'forced diplomacy' with Iran isn't working Roy Moore trails Republican field in Alabama MORE's demand for billions of dollars for a wall along the southern border drags on.

National parks have suffered during the shutdown, with officials reporting damage and excessive waste without rangers there to monitor the grounds. The National Park Service reportedly plans to dip into entrance fees to expand operations in the meantime.

Trump has demanded for weeks that Congress provide more than $5 billion in funding for his proposed wall, something Democrats have staunchly opposed. Trump traveled to a border town in Texas on Thursday to continue making the case for the funds.

Democrats in the House passed legislation that would reopen swaths of the government, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report - Democratic debates: Miami nice or spice? Democrats leery of Sanders plan to cancel student loan debt GOP lays debate trap for 2020 Democrats MORE (R-Ky.) has said the Senate will not vote on them unless Trump indicates he would sign the bills.