Pelosi: Trump 'pushing airspace to the breaking point' with shutdown

Pelosi: Trump 'pushing airspace to the breaking point' with shutdown
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Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiAre Democrats turning Trump-like? Pelosi hits Trump, Netanyahu for 'weakness' amid tensions over Omar and Tlaib In Hong Kong, the need for peaceful persistence MORE (D-Calif.) on Friday said the news of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) halting flights into LaGuardia Airport was evidence that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump watching 'very closely' as Portland braces for dueling protests WaPo calls Trump admin 'another threat' to endangered species Are Democrats turning Trump-like? MORE is "pushing our airspace to the breaking point" with the government shutdown.

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"The #TrumpShutdown has already pushed hundreds of thousands of Americans to the breaking point. Now it's pushing our airspace to the breaking point too," Pelosi tweeted.

"@realDonaldTrump, stop endangering the safety, security and well-being of our nation. Re-open government now!" 

 

The FAA briefly halted flights into LaGuardia Airport in New York City as air traffic controllers work without pay amid the longest partial government shutdown in U.S. history.

Delays of roughly an hour were also experienced at Newark Liberty International Airport and Philadelphia International Airport due to staffing shortages.

Air traffic controllers are deemed as essential staff workers and are required to work during shutdowns despite not being paid.

The shutdown has continued amid disagreements between Trump and Democrats over the White House's demand for $5.7 billion in funding for a border wall.

Two bills to end the shutdown failed on the Senate floor Thursday.

A GOP proposal which included border wall funding only drew the defection of Democratic Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinTrump vows to 'always uphold the Second Amendment' amid ongoing talks on gun laws White House eyes September action plan for gun proposals Trump phoned Democratic senator to talk gun control MORE (W.Va.), falling well below the 60 votes needed to reopen the government.

The Democrats' plan to pass a clean continuing resolution that would have temporarily ended the shutdown drew support from six Republican senators.

Trump and Pelosi have publicly sparred numerous times over the shutdown.

Pelosi said last week that Trump's State of the Union speech would have to be rescheduled until after the shutdown is resolved because of security concerns, which the president eventually agreed to do.

In response, Trump canceled congressional delegations from traveling overseas on military flights during the shutdown.