Government shutdown

Some federal workers sue over government shutdown

Some federal workers sue over government shutdown

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 workers ordered to return jobless benefits

Federal workers ordered to return jobless benefits

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 […]

Budget, debt debacle shows Obama is a weakling with Congress

Budget, debt debacle shows Obama is a weakling with Congress

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 […]

Lots of people lost but did anyone win in the government shutdown?

Lots of people lost but did anyone win in the government shutdown?

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 […]

Most American voters blame Republicans for government budget crisis

Most American voters blame Republicans for government budget crisis

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 — […]

With default looming, government enters third week of shutdown

With default looming, government enters third week of 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 […]

Poll shows Americans blame Republicans for government shutdown

Poll shows Americans blame Republicans for government shutdown

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 […]

When insanity walks the halls of Congress, America is the loser

When insanity walks the halls of Congress, America is the loser

Before forcing the United States government into a shutdown that nobody but the extreme right wing of their own party wanted, Republicans were warned by just about everyone that such action would hurt the GOP most of all. But the party of the elephant apparently lacks the memory attributed to the animal that serves as […]