President Trump closer to declaring emergency; 800,000 won't get paid

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is edging closer to declaring a national emergency to fund his long-promised border wall, as pressure mounts to find an escape hatch from the three-week impasse that has closed parts of the government, leaving hundreds of thousands of workers without pay.

Some 800,000 workers, more than half of them still on the job, will miss their first paycheck on Friday under the stoppage, and Washington is close to setting a dubious record for the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. That left some Republicans on Capitol Hill increasingly uncomfortable with Trump's demands.

Asked about the plight of those going without pay, the president shifted the focus, saying he felt badly "for people that have family members that have been killed" by criminals who came over the border.

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Families are making tough decisions as 800,000 federal employees miss their first paycheck Friday because of the government shutdown.

The workers are scaling back spending, canceling trips and taking out loans to stay afloat, with no end in sight for a partial shutdown that's entering its 21st day and will be the longest in history by this weekend.

Rachael Weatherly is a senior adviser for the Federal Emergency Management Agency in Maryland, but she's considering trying to get a job at a grocery store and has applied for unemployment benefits.

Tiauna Guerra is a furloughed IRS worker in Ogden, Utah, who's taking out a loan to make her car payment.

Nationwide, some workers are relying on donations, including launching online fundraising campaigns. Food pantries have opened up in several locations.

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