Government shutdown? Who, us?

Government shutdown? Who, us?

  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 […]

Threat of snow shuts down federal government

Quick decisions to shut down the hall of government usually bring barbed observations.

Threat of snow shuts down federal government

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 […]

Obama signs $1.1 trillion budget bill

"Across the board, our government is going to be operating without, hopefully, too many glitches over the next year."

Obama signs $1.1 trillion budget bill

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 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 […]

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 […]

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