Transcript for Economists issue new warning amid shutdown
Thanks very much. The latest on the government shutdown entering day 26 and the impact is growing across the country. From airports where some checkpoints remain closed to the economy as a whole, white house economists now warning that the shutdown is hurting the economy, could push the U.S. Into a contraction as the administration calls thousands of unpaid workers back to their jobs. Our senior congressional correspondent Mary Bruce is covering it all from capitol hill, good morning, Mary. Reporter: Good morning, George. Well, with still no end in sight the trump administration this morning is summoning nearly 50,000 federal employees back to work without pay. This is all an attempt to mitigate some of the impacts. At the FAA they are bringing back 1700 more furloughed safety inspectors. Tight end irs they're calling back,000. At the fda about 400 food and drug inspectors have returned. Most to work on inspecting high-risk foods. At the white house today the president is expected to sign a bill to make sure they get paid down the road. No guarantee on when they will finally see paychecks. The white house been trying to figure out ways to go around the democratic leadership and invited some Democrats to the white house yesterday. Democrats refused. Making another stab at it today. Reporter: There may be some talks today. The white house invited a bipartisan group known as the problem solvers' caucus to sit down. Not clear if they accepted that invitation and this is not empowered to strike a deal anyways. The president is having trouble as he's trying to go around leadership inviting the Democrats to the white house but they boycotted that invitation saying it was just a photo-op. No strategy to get out of it. Just waiting for the pressure to build. The high-stakes confirmation
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