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House Dems to Force Vote Against Shutdowns

GOP not happy about symbolic vote they call 'totally partisan' messaging

(Newser) - House Democrats are planning to hold a vote against government shutdowns on Wednesday—a symbolic move that will do nothing to prevent another shutdown, but will force House Republicans to go on the record as being for or against shutdowns. A draft of the measure seen by Politico states that... More »

2 Shutdown Votes Scheduled. Don't Get Your Hopes Up

One is supported by the GOP, the other by Democrats

(Newser) - On Friday, some 800,000 federal workers will go without a paycheck for a second time. On Thursday, the Senate will consider two bills that would put a stop—one permanent, one temporary—to the shutdown. Senators will be presented with dueling options, one supported by Republicans, the other by... More »

Canadians Send Pizza to Air Traffic Controllers Hit by Shutdown

They've treated at least 49 units

(Newser) - Air traffic controllers in the US are working without pay because of the government shutdown—but thanks to their counterparts north of the border, many of them aren't working without pizza. Canadian air traffic controllers, who regularly communicate with American controllers in neighboring sectors, have been organizing the delivery... More »

On Shutdown Day 19, Trump Hastens to the Capitol

He'll meet with Republicans ahead of White House meetings

(Newser) - President Trump hastened to Capitol Hill Wednesday trying to hold jittery congressional Republicans in line on the 19th day of the partial government shutdown. He suggested a deal for his border wall might be getting closer, but he also said the shutdown will last "whatever it takes." Beyond... More »

Sunday Brings Another Round of Shutdown Talks

Saturday's session wasn't very effective

(Newser) - White House officials and congressional aides are returning to discussions Sunday to find a way to reopen the government after emerging from the first round of weekend talks without a breakthrough. President Trump tweeted Saturday: "Not much headway made today." The president later tweeted that he planned to... More »

In Shutdown, a 'Wrench' in Getting Your Tax Refund?

IRS employees who process tax refunds are among first to be furloughed

(Newser) - The Internal Revenue Service may not be anyone's favorite government agency, but many taxpayers may be pulling for it to regain full staffing over the next few weeks. That's because tax refunds may be delayed this year, thanks to the partial government shutdown, USA Today reports. Per a... More »

The Shutdown Begins: What's Affected

Partial government shuttering triggered after deal on border wall can't be reached

(Newser) - For the first time in four decades, the US government is seeing a shutdown three times in one year. That stat cited in the Guardian came to pass Friday at midnight, when a partial shutdown was triggered by a lack of a deal between GOP and Dems in Congress, the... More »

Rand Paul Forces Government Shutdown

He blocks vote on budget deal

(Newser) - The US government stumbled into a shutdown at midnight as a rogue Senate Republican blocked a speedy vote on a massive, bipartisan, budget-busting spending deal, protesting the return of trillion-dollar deficits on the watch of Republicans controlling Washington. The shutdown—technically a lapse in agency appropriations—was the second government... More »

How a 'Talking Stick' Helped End the Shutdown

As President Trump crows about 'big win' for GOP

(Newser) - The government shutdown is over and hundreds of thousands of federal employees will be returning to work Tuesday—but with only a stopgap plan to fund the government in place until Feb. 8, they could end up furloughed again in the near future. In return for Democratic votes, Senate Majority... More »

These States Will Feel the Pinch of the Shutdown Most

DC tops the list, followed by Maryland and Virginia

(Newser) - The government shutdown that went into effect at midnight on Friday is stretching into its third day , and a resolution still looks tenuous. WalletHub looks at the consequences of a longer-term shutdown through the lens of six key metrics—including share of federal jobs, percentage of kids using the Child'... More »

GOP Senator Blames Trump Aide for Impasse

Government shutdown stretches into Monday

(Newser) - A deal to end the government shutdown before the beginning of the workweek failed Sunday night, meaning the first shutdown since 2013 will stretch into Monday—and possibly much longer. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Sunday night that a vote on a deal to fund the government through Feb.... More »

Government Shutdown Could Be Here a While

Deal between Republicans, Democrats, White House seems far off

(Newser) - The government shutdown, which started Saturday, could be here for a while, HuffPost warns. Negotiations between Democrats, Republicans, and the White House seem far off, with Republicans saying Democrats must vote to fund the government before they'll negotiate on immigration and Democrats saying they won't vote to fund... More »

Bill Passes House, but Shutdown Still Looms

Senate Democrats are expected to kill it

(Newser) - A government shutdown starting midnight Friday is looking like a strong possibility: A short-term spending bill to avert a government shutdown was passed by the House Thursday evening, largely along party lines, but the measure appears unlikely to pass the Senate, Reuters reports. After a last-minute deal with the conservative... More »

Company Behind Mocked Juicer Squeezed Out of Business

Juicero is shutting down but still offering refunds for $400 juicer through Dec. 1

(Newser) - A company whose investors and customers went sour on its high-tech $400 juicer after a scathing Bloomberg report earlier this year has shuttered, CNNMoney reports. "After selling over a million Produce Packs, we must let you know that we are suspending the sale of the Juicero Press and Produce... More »

Coinciding Deadlines Mean a Risky September

Debt ceiling could become 'entangled' with budget talks, raising fears of a US default

(Newser) - President Trump's public comments this week have made one thing crystal clear: September is going to be a very big month for the US. Congress faces a Sept. 30 deadline to pass a funding deal to avoid a shutdown, and Trump has thrown a wrench into things by demanding... More »

Trump Says He Thought Being President 'Would Be Easier'

'I loved my previous life,' he says

(Newser) - President Trump has been the most powerful person in the world for almost 100 days, and he seems to be finding it kind of a drag, according to a Reuters interview. "I loved my previous life. I had so many things going," Trump said in what Reuters describes... More »

Tech Blog Gigaom Off to Big Cloud in the Sky

'They ran out of money,' according to one staffer

(Newser) - Silicon Valley was rattled yesterday after tech blog Gigaom suddenly announced it had shut down, the New York Times reports. The departure of executive editor Tom Krazit a couple of weeks ago seemed to be a harbinger, as noted by Kara Swisher for Re/Code, and a series of dismayed tweets... More »

Northeast Braces for Mega-Storm

New York City roads, subways banned after 11pm

(Newser) - More than 35 million people along the Philadelphia-to-Boston corridor rushed to get home and settle in today as a fearsome storm swirled in with the potential for hurricane-force winds and 1 to 3 feet of snow that could paralyze the Northeast for days. Snow was blowing sideways with ever-increasing intensity... More »

Clock Runs Out: Government Shutting Down

Midnight deadline arrives with no deal

(Newser) - The question is no longer, "Will the government shut down?" It's, "How long will the shutdown last?" After an evening of back-and-forth bills between the House and Senate, the clock has run out, and the government indeed began shutting down at midnight for the first time in... More »

Shutdown Countdown: What to Expect

Ball now in Senate's court, but not for long

(Newser) - Washington is braced for the first government shutdown in 17 years, which will happen at midnight tonight unless lawmakers manage to break the deadlock over funding and hammer out a deal. Here's what to expect from a day of drama in DC:
  • The House has passed legislation to delay
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