The Federal Government shut-down, which President Donald Trump proudly took credit for on December 11, 2018, has netted another nuisance for all Americans - but this one especially impacts Long Islanders. As Think Progress and many other outlets report, staffing shortages for Air Traffic Controllers (ATCs), who have been working without pay for about a month, much like Transportation Security Administration (TSA) workers, the FBI and many others.
We won't get into the specifics of the shut-down here, except to reiterate that the President has taken full credit for it, and - of course - to remind you that Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, has control over whether or not the Senate votes on any bills the House of Representatives passes; he has repeatedly blocked votes to re-open the government. (By the way, Constitutionally, even if the Senate voted on and passed a bill, President Trump would have ten days to sign or Veto it; if he didn't sign it, it would still become law, thus the Senate has every reason to vote and send a bill to the President's desk - especially as the Senate voted strongly in favor of the same thing in the 2018 Congress.)
Here's some things to expect:
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