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Congressional leaders are prepared to vote Thursday on a $333 billion bipartisan spending package to avoid the threat of a partial government shutdown.
“The federal government already has a recruitment problem, right?” said one expert. If “you watch this play out for the last 35 days, are you saying to yourself, ‘Sign me up for that?’ Probably not.”
The federal government shutdown is over but some Ohio Valley farmers are still dealing with its effects as they try to sign up for federal relief payments and find ways to substitute for missing information caused by a delay in important government reports. The American Farm Bureau Federation said 62 reports were delayed during the shutdown. These reports range… Read More
A report says the shutdown reduced federal spending by $18 billion, although most of that will be recouped, now that the government has reopened.
While the reopening of the government is welcome news for many federal workers, some express trepidation that they’ll face the same predicament after Feb. 15.
President Trump was outmaneuvered by Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and did damage with key constituencies. Meanwhile, Americans may be more aware of what government does.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has signed a bill that temporarily opens the federal government for three weeks, ending the longest shutdown in U.S. history at 35 days. The White House says Trump signed the measure after the Senate and House each passed it Friday. Trump backed down from his demand that Congress provide… Read More
The FAA said it was mitigating staff shortages by rerouting traffic and adding workers. The White House said it was monitoring the delays, which also affected airports in Philadelphia and Newark, N.J.
Neither of the bills are considered likely to pass, but they mark the first time the Senate has taken action on the issue this session.
The partial shutdown of the federal government is affecting families depending on the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program program, or SNAP. Benefits for February have come early as a temporary fix to avoid anticipated disruptions should the shutdown drag into another month. But the leader of God’s Pantry Food Bank in Lexington, Kentucky, said the… Read More
“In light of the 800,000 great American workers not receiving pay, I am sure you would agree that postponing this public relations event is totally appropriate,” the president wrote to the speaker.
The Farm Service Agency office in Mayfield, Kentucky, is so quiet you can hear the tick of the Department of Agriculture-branded clock on the wall. Eleven employees usually make up this busy office. Only three were called in Thursday morning as the U.S. Department of Agriculture reopened Farm Service Agency offices across the country on Thursday. The… Read More
White House officials reportedly say that each week of the shutdown will subtract 0.1 percentage point from growth — double the administration’s original estimate.
As the partial government shutdown continues, some federal workers and contractors are looking for temporary jobs to earn income.
In a letter to President Trump, Pelosi cites security concerns and suggests working together to find another suitable date. Pelosi also gave the president the option to deliver the address in writing.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Ohioans who receive food stamps are getting February’s benefits this week. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue asked states to issue Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program aid no later than Jan. 20 for the nearly 40 million Americans in the program. The Trump administration said SNAP will be funded through February despite the partial federal government… Read More
The Army Corps of Engineers has been asked to identify projects that could be canceled or delayed so that funds could be redirected to build a border wall, congressional and Pentagon sources say.
Furloughed workers can’t refinance or buy homes without the ability to verify their income. For a recently divorced couple, it means continuing to live together until financial issues are resolved.
The president is traveling to a Border Patrol station in Texas, as the partial shutdown enters its 20th day. The trip comes a day after the president walked out on a meeting with Democrats.
President Trump abruptly ended spending talks Wednesday after congressional Democrats rejected his demand for a $5.7 billion border wall. A partial government shutdown stretched into its 19th day.
Trump has said he won’t sign any bill to reopen the government unless Congress acquiesces to his request for $5.7 billion to build a southern border wall — something Democrats have staunchly opposed.
The department’s public affairs apparatus is mostly idle for lack of funding, but that didn’t stop it from making announcements in support of the administration’s messaging about immigrants.
The tax collecting agency is one of those affected by the partial government shutdown, but the White House says it will issue refunds, reversing previous government policy.
Trump announced that he will speak to the country Tuesday. He is also set to visit the southern border Thursday. Over the weekend, the administration sent its formal budget request to lawmakers.
Volunteers and a skeletal staff have maintained sites in some parks. In others, the amount of damage and trash triggered an unprecedented move from the National Park Service to return more workers.