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Feb 12, 2019

Lawmakers have deal to avert shutdown, they say

WASHINGTON – Key lawmakers announced a tentative deal late Monday that would avert another government shutdown at the end of the week while denying President Donald Trump much of the money he’s sought to build new walls along the U.S.-Mexico border. The agreement came together during intense hours of closed-door negotiations at the Capitol in […]

Jan 16, 2019

Small business revenues fall as shutdown persists

NEW YORK (AP) — Baked by Yael isn’t getting its usual flow of customers who stop in after visiting the nearby National Zoo; the popular Washington, D.C., tourist spot remains closed by the government shutdown. Owner Yael Krigman gets half her business from the three-year-old store, and the shutdown that began Dec. 22 is taking […]

Jan 14, 2019

Trump rejects plan to allow government to reopen temporarily while talks continue

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump said Monday that he rejected a suggestion by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., that he allow the government to temporarily reopen while continuing negotiations with Congress over funds for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. “I did reject it,” Trump told reporters as he prepared to leave the White House en […]

Jan 14, 2019

Compelled to work without pay, federal employees sue Trump for violating 13th Amendment

A group of federal employees working without pay during the partial government shutdown have likened their predicament to involuntary servitude in a lawsuit filed last week, accusing President Donald Trump and their bosses of violating the 13th Amendment. The lawsuit marks at least the third pursued by federal workers against the Trump administration as the […]

Jan 11, 2019

Government shutdown impacts federal court

The partial federal government shutdown is affecting the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York. Chief United States District Court Judge Frank P. Geraci Jr. said there are enough funds available to keep the courts running through Jan. 18. “Thereafter, I’ve issued an order deeming all our employees essential, which means they […]

Jan 9, 2019

How ‘justice is being put on hold’ until the government shutdown ends

Employee attorney Heidi Burakiewicz hoped the recent lawsuit against the Trump administration over the partial government shutdown would move quickly; after all, the court already ruled on the underlying issue. The Dec. 31 lawsuit, filed by a federal employee’s union, alleged that the shutdown illegally forced more than 400,000 federal employees to work without pay. […]

Jan 7, 2019

Federal prisoners served steak by unpaid guards during shutdown

With the federal government shutdown solidly into its third week, there is no shortage of hypocritical or ironic or just plain sad moments to further enrage apoplectic taxpayers: There are the overflowing port-a-potties and trash cans at national parks, reports of Vice President Mike Pence’s scheduled $10,000 pay raise, shuttered Smithsonian museums and the image […]

Jan 3, 2019

Volunteers, friends and states try to fill the void left by the federal shutdown

In Vicksburg, Mississippi, the Friends of Vicksburg National Military Park and Campaign are paying $2,000 a day to keep the park open during the federal government shutdown. When a storm blew down trees in the park last week, volunteers and a local contractor showed up to clear the debris. And Mayor George Flaggs Jr. said […]

Dec 31, 2018

House Democrats ready strategy to re-open government upon assuming control

WASHINGTON – Democrats have settled on a strategy for attempting to reopen the government when they take control of the House on Thursday, aimed at ending the partial shutdown quickly – but denying President Donald Trump the new money he wants for a border wall. Democrats plan to pass a stopgap spending bill to fund […]

Dec 24, 2018

Shutdown enters third day with no urgency to reopen government

As the partial U.S. government shutdown enters a third day, lawmakers have left Washington for the Christmas holiday with no sign of urgency to resolve the fight over President Donald Trump’s demand for border wall money. Unlike shutdowns of the past, Congress and the White House aren’t racing to reopen the government. Offices of congressional […]

Jan 22, 2018

Schumer’s moment: Shutdown puts spotlight on Dem leader

WASHINGTON (AP) — For Republicans, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is the face of the government shutdown. For immigration advocates, he’s their best hope. Perhaps the most powerful Democrat in Washington, Schumer has so far succeeded in keeping his party unified in a bid to use the government funding fight to push for protections for […]

Sep 21, 2015

GOP leaders face tough test to keep gov’t open

WASHINGTON — Congress’ Republican leaders face stark tests as they fight to keep the government open past month’s end, amid fears a shutdown could imperil their party’s White House ambitions. For House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, any wrong move could throw his very future into question, opening him to a threatened showdown vote on the […]

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