Trump, for his part, is threatening to declare a national emergency to justify the wall—a move that legal scholars warn would be illegal—and has repeatedly insisted, without evidence, and contrary to their public statements, that federal workers support the shutdown.

Following his “bigoted, childish con job” of a speech during primetime on Tuesday, Trump told reporters at the Oval Office on Wednesday, “a lot of them agree with what I’m doing.” Meanwhile, the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)—the nation’s largest union of federal workers and one of the rally organizers—sued his administration last week for forcing them to work without pay.

“Every day I’m getting calls from my members about their extreme financial hardships and need for a paycheck,” said Hydrick Thomas, AFGE TSA council president. “Some of them have already quit and many are considering quitting the federal workforce because of this shutdown.”

Instead of focusing on the shutdown, floor speeches in the Senate on Wednesday morning were about a bill—initially voted down Tuesday night—that would authorize millions of dollars in military aid to Israel and embolden states and localities to punish pro-Palestinian boycotts, which critics have denounced as blatantly unconstitutional.

Although McConnell controls what bills make it to the Senate floor, a growing number of GOP senators are echoing the demands their Democratic counterparts have made for weeks now—that the chamber needs to reopen the government, with or without the president’s support. According to CNN‘s latest tally, nine Republican senators have taken some sort of stand against the current situation:

While this isn’t a “tipping point” yet, CNN explained, as Trump “still has a critical mass of Congressional Republicans behind him—and the congressional leadership is firmly behind the White House on this,” it is certainly contributing to the pressure on McConnell to reconsider his position.

Given that this number of votes from Republicans in the GOP-controlled Senate would be enough, with a united Democratic caucus, to pass spending legislation, Washington Post columnist Greg Sargent concluded on Twitter, “that should encourage Ds to stick [with] this strategy” of blocking all bills until the shutdown ends.

Breaking down what is on the horizon if Congress and the Trump White House refuse to reopen the government by Friday, the New York Times detailed what the rest of January could look like for federal workers:

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