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"Remember the house of representatives passed a funding Bill that would reopen the government without that wall funding, Mitch McConnell. The Senate majority leader says he would not call that to a Senate vote because President Trump has said he would veto it. So several democratic senators have said, okay, if he's going to do that Democrats should push back and block. Every Bill from coming to a vote in the Senate until McConnell holds vote on that funding. Democrats would have the power to do that. Because you need sixty votes to advance Bill in the Senate Chuck Schumer, the minority leader has not fully committed to that blanket strategy yet. But it's pretty notable top democratic aides are telling us that that Schumer has told Democrats he is going to vote against the next Bill that comes up in the Senate tomorrow, and that's a Bill that would provide defense support national security support for Israel. So Trump rather Schumer is indicating that he's going to start going along with this this shutdown campaign in the Senate. So we could have a shutdown Senate in addition to shutdown federal government, Scott. I also wanna ask you about this trial balloon threat option, call it. What you will that President Trump has raised. He says he may declare a national emergency in order to get the wall built going around congress on how likely does that look right now. Well, vice president Pence spoke to reporters today at the White House. He said that option is still under consideration top Democrats as you'd expect. Have said that the president does have this thorny, but they would challenge it right away. They would challenge this in court and questioned whether or not there is a true emergency as President Trump would be declaring. I'd say that's the key thing to listen for in this Oval Office speech tomorrow night, whether or not President Trump talks about that. Or even goes as far as to declare that emergency so far in public appearances, the president has repeated the same arguments he's been making in favor of wall. And they haven't seemed to convince any Democrats NPR's, Scott Tetreault. Thank you. Thank you, the shutdown might be causing longer security lines at airports around the country. The Transportation Security Administration confirms that a growing number of its employees are calling in sick. But the president and the department of homeland security deny a sick out is having much of an effect on air travel. NPR's David Schaper is at O'Hare airport in Chicago travelers there are increasingly concerned about their plans as the shutdown drags on. And David I can you describe the situation at O'Hare our security lines actually longer actually Audie today. They're not noticeably. So this was a busy weekend of travel and over the weekend. I heard lines were a little bit longer was the end of the holiday season. And a lot of people are getting back to work. So they're traveling for work purposes. Possibly, but the major airlines that operate here it'll here see they haven't had any major problems there happen Republicans reported elsewhere around the country. There've been some delays in long lines at a few people even missing flights because of the long line. So they say, and some airline officials told me they are getting increasingly concerned about the impact of this shutdown operations in the future. If it continues, Illinois, he's democratic Senator Tammy Duckworth was here at O'Hare today talking with reporters, and she says she too is increasingly concerned that air travel will be affected. I'm very concerned about security. It's not affecting O'Hare much. But at other airports around the country, many TSA agents are calling off sick in order to go work other jobs because they have to put food on the table. They have to meet rant all of that. And so I'm at a time when the nation security. What is at stake? We're actually losing the number of agents that are on the job. And that is deeply concerning to me David what about that? Well, what about TSA agents themselves? What are you hearing from them? Well, none of the TSA agents. I did talk to you today were willing to go on tape. And they haven't missed a paycheck yet, but they will Friday if this shutdown continues in a lot of them are getting nervous about that. They say they can't really afford to miss a couple of weeks pay even if it's going to be made up later, there was one gentleman who told me he doesn't agree with the president is not willing to go without pay to get the wall. He says he wants secure borders, but he needs to be paid. And passengers are they feeling the effects or maybe changing their travel plans because of the shutdown? Well, I did talk to one gentleman for Boston who was flying here to Chicago. He said he had smooth sailing this morning in the airport in in Boston. And he has a lot of travel planned early in this year and trips really the next couple of weeks in role. So well, he says. He's not feeling the effects yet. He is getting increasingly nervous that there may be some impacts in the future. Another passenger. I talked to you Mary rose Alexander of here in Chicago was headed to Phoenix on business. And she too is getting increasingly concerned, I'm"