Support the news

Rep. Ayanna Pressley On The Shutdown And Her Legislative Agenda18:00
Download

Play
Ayanna Pressley waves to the audience during a swearing-in ceremony of the Congressional Black Caucus. (Jose Luis Magana/AP)
Ayanna Pressley waves to the audience during a swearing-in ceremony of the Congressional Black Caucus. (Jose Luis Magana/AP)

Tuesday marked Day 18 of a partial government shutdown — with no end in sight.

President Trump isn't budging from his demand for $5 billion for a border wall. Democrats say they won't fund Trump's signature campaign promise.

Meanwhile, more than 800,000 federal workers aren't being paid, and thousands of third-party contractors — like janitors and security guards — may never be paid at all for the time missed.

Massachusetts Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley introduced legislation Tuesday that would ensure contractors collect back-pay whenever the shutdown finally does end.

Pressley joined us from Washington to discuss her bill and the ongoing shutdown.

Guests

Ayanna Pressley, congresswoman for Massachusetts' 7th District. She tweets @RepPressley.

Related:

+Join the discussion
TwitterfacebookEmail

Support the news