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If you need a reminder on why the United States government remains partially shutdown, it’s over border security. Donald Trump wants a border wall, the Democrats are unwilling to give him $5.7 billion that he requested for said wall that could be applied elsewhere in regards to poverty, housing, literally anything outside of a border wall. So, since December, more than 1.2 million government workers have been either working without pay or have been at home, not collecting checks.

On Thursday, the Senate failed to advance two different proposals to end the shutdown — a Republican backed plan that would have given Trump the $5.7 billion for his border wall and a Democratic backed plan that wouldn’t have given Trump the $5.7 billion.

Both measures fell short of the 60 votes required to move forward to the upper chamber. The GOP backed proposal failed by a vote of 50-47 while the Democratic plan fell by a vote of 52-44. Six Republican senators voted for the Democratic plan: Senators Lamar Alexander, Susan Collins, Cory Gardner, Lisa Murkowski, Johnny Isakson and Mitt Romney.

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Today, the FAA announced that air traffic is delayed at LaGuardia Airport in New York, Philadelphia International Airport and Newark Liberty International in New Jersey.

Arriving flights into those three airports are delayed by an average of 41 minutes per the FAA while departing flights from Philly and Newark are delayed between an hour and an hour and 15 minutes. LaGuardia departures are delayed between 15 and 30 minutes.

“We have experienced a slight increase in sick leave at two air traffic control facilities affecting New York and Florida, the FAA said in a statement.

President of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association Paul Rinaldi told CNN on Wednesday that air traffic workers are making “routine mistakes” due to high levels of stress brought on by the shutdown.