Top Republicans say two things are clear: Last year’s government shutdown hurt the party. And Republicans must not let the president’s pending immigration action bait them into a repeat. But some rank-and-file GOP lawmakers from safe districts don’t see it that way. They say another shutdown must be an option if President Barack Obama […]
Quick decisions to shut down the hall of government usually bring barbed observations.
It doesn’t take much snow to shut down the federal government in Washington and with forecasts calling for between four and eight inches of the white stuff in the National Capital Region Tuesday the powers that be pulled the plug on all “non essential” personnel The federal government says its offices in the Washington area […]
"Across the board, our government is going to be operating without, hopefully, too many glitches over the next year."
President Barack Obama on Friday signed a $1.1 trillion spending bill that funds the federal government through the end of September. Obama put his signature on the 1,582-page measure the day before federal funding was set to run out. He made the short walk from the White House to sign it at a nearby conference […]
Some federal employees are suing Uncle Sam, saying the government shutdown in October violated labor laws and created unnecessary hardships from “reckless disregard.” The lawsuit, filed in Washington by five federal workers required to work without pay, claims the actions violated the Fair Labor Standards Act. The five employee work for the federal Bureau of […]
Federal employees furloughed during the partial shutdown of the U.S. government this month will have to return any jobless benefits they received given that Congress has approved retroactive pay, the Labor Department said on Friday. States will have to collect and send back to the federal government unemployment benefits granted to thousands of federal workers […]
Despite his win last week in a debt ceiling standoff with Republicans, President Barack Obama has limited ability to achieve his policy goals through legislation, which could result in increased use of executive powers, administration officials and Democratic strategists said. The 16-day partial government shutdown highlighted Obama’s challenges in basic governing. Although he refused to […]
With most of the government workforce back on the job and Uncle Sam able to borrow what it needs to pay bills for the next three months, the question everyone is asking is: “Did anyone win?” The simple answer, of course, is “no.” Dysfunctional conditions that led to the first government shutdown in 17 years […]
Yes, American voters are mad at just about everyone in Washington but most of the blame falls on the Republicans and their extreme right-wing agendas. A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows 74 percent of those surveyed disapprove of the way Republicans in Congress are handling negotiations over the budget and the government shutdown — […]
The United States moved perilously closer to an economy-rattling default and a partial government shutdown entered its third week as Senate Democratic and Republican leaders remained at odds over spending in their last-ditch negotiations to end the crises gripping the nation. Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., spoke by phone […]
Americans are holding Republicans primarily responsible for the partial government shutdown as public esteem sinks for all players in the impasse, President Barack Obama among them, according to a new poll. It’s a struggle with no heroes. The Associated Press-GfK survey, out Wednesday, affirms expectations by many in Washington — Republicans among them — that […]