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Congressman Mike Quigley

Representing the 5th District of Illinois

NBC Chicago: Rep. Quigley Discusses Government Shutdown, Offers Encouragement to Federal Employees

Jan 11, 2019
In the News


TORRES (Reporter): Good morning, Zoraida. And so far, it's business as usual here at O’Hare International Airport. I’ll step out of the way so you can take a look at Terminal One. As you can see, it is a busy Friday here at the airport, but we have not seen any major delays. We have not heard of any issues from passengers going through security. It appears to be a different story, however, in Miami. They have had to make some adjustments at Miami International Airport, at least for the next three days. CNN reports that federal screeners there are calling in sick at double the normal rate and airport officials are reportedly closing a terminal early for the next three days because of the shortage. Now, this could be a sign of what could happen nationwide as more agents who are not getting paid might choose to be no-shows at checkpoints, affecting airports and leading to longer lines, and local lawmakers here are asking those employees for some time.

QUIGLEY: I encourage them to, those that are critical employees that must work, stay at your post. We're going to try to do something to make sure everyone is guaranteed pay, whether they were furloughed or not, sometime next week, and we appreciate their service.

TORRES (Reporter): And here's what he's done so far. Congressman Mike Quigley, along with Congressman Adam Kinzinger, are among a group who voted on a bill to try to reopen some parts of government. In the meantime, TSA officials say that, while it is possible that there may be a shortage of TSA personnel, whether it's today or throughout the weekend, they say that their security standards will not be compromised.