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The government shutdown is taking its toll on TSA workers, according to union officials.
The union reps met Tuesday with Rep. Nita Lowey and county officials at the Westchester County Airport to see if anything could be done to help bring the shutdown to an end.
“The time has come for the White House to step up, the time has come for the Senate to step up. If they can't step up, they should step aside,” said Lowey.
There are 65 TSA workers at the Westchester County Airport who have been working for 2 1/2 weeks and likely won't get paid Friday due to the shutdown.
News 12 spoke with one TSA worker who said he won’t be able to pay his mortgage if he doesn't get his check.
“What the shutdown has done is taken innocent hardworking people as their pawns in a chess game. It’s not fair to them and it’s not fair to the general public,” says Westchester County Executive George Latimer.
Rep. Lowey, who now leads the powerful House Appropriations Committee, says the Democrats in the House have already passed legislation to reopen the government that was rejected by both the Senate and the Trump administration. Lowey is headed back to Washington to demand Republicans engage in good faith talks to end the shutdown before it causes any more harm.