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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 »

New Jersey Reopens Beaches for 4th of July

Chris Christie will have to share the beach

(Newser) - A budget deal has been reached in New Jersey, meaning state beaches will be open to people other than Gov. Chris Christie and his family in time for the Fourth of July holiday. Christie—who was strongly criticized for sunning himself on a beach closed to the public as part... More »

Happy Fourth! NJ Shutdown Closes Parks, Beaches

State lawmakers at impasse over restructuring largest health insurer

(Newser) - As the Fourth of July holiday gets underway, the state of New Jersey closed its doors—along with its tourist attractions including Liberty State Park, state-run beaches, historic sites, rec areas, and all 40 state parks, as a budget throwdown gave way to a government shutdown. Writing at the Star ... More »

Trump Calls for Government Shutdown to 'Fix Mess'

President appears to be upset about budget deal reached by Congress

(Newser) - On Sunday, Democrats and Republicans in Congress reached a deal to fund the government—through September—and avoid a government shutdown, CNN reports. The last-second agreement to keep the government open appears to have upset at least one important person. "Our country needs a good 'shutdown' in September... More »

Congress Passes Bill to Keep Government Open 1 More Week

House and Senate will be busy with negotiations over the weekend

(Newser) - A government shutdown has been averted, for now. The House of Representatives passed a short-term spending deal Friday to keep the government open for another week, and the Senate followed suit immediately afterward, the Washington Post reports. 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 »

Trump Willing to Delay Fight Over Border Wall Funding

White House 'confident' shutdown can be avoided

(Newser) - Saturday will be President Trump's 100th day in office and his administration seems confident that the day won't feature a government shutdown , despite disagreements over funding for his border wall. Trump told conservative journalists at a White House reception Monday evening that he is willing to delay the... More »

Border Wall May Trigger a Government Shutdown

Congress has until Friday to pass a budget, and the White House is digging in

(Newser) - Two familiar phrases are back in the news this week, and this time they're related: "government shutdown" and "border wall." Congress has until Friday to pass a budget and avoid a government shutdown, and one big sticking point is the White House's renewed push for... More »

White House Makes Demands With Shutdown Looming

Trump is proving to be a wildcard in spending bill negotiations

(Newser) - Once or twice a year recently, the federal government threatens to shut down. But the Washington Post reports this year's version of the crisis—the deadline to pass a spending bill is midnight April 28—has a brand-new wrinkle: President Trump. According to the New Yorker , things had been... More »

Congress Reaches Deal to Avoid 2016 Shutdown

Package includes sweeteners for both sides

(Newser) - Congressional leaders have reached a deal that will let them go home for the holidays and avoid spending most of 2016 squabbling about government shutdowns. House Speaker Paul Ryan told GOP lawmakers on Tuesday night that a $1.1 trillion omnibus funding bill that will keep the government running until... More »

Congress Barely Avoids Government Shutdown

But further budget battles loom

(Newser) - Congress narrowly avoided a government shutdown Wednesday thanks the House passing a temporary spending measure with mere hours to spare, the New York Times reports. However, the measure only funds the federal government through Dec. 11, meaning more budget battles are on the way. According to the Hill , the mood... More »

69% Say No Planned Parenthood-Caused Shutdown: Poll

Quinnipiac poll also finds gender gap in how organization is viewed

(Newser) - Outgoing House Speaker John Boehner said Sunday there would be no government shutdown , but if there turns out to be one anyway, nearly 70% of Americans would oppose a shutdown over Planned Parenthood funding, per Politico . The findings, based on a Quinnipiac University poll released Monday, also reveal that 52%... More »

Senate Won't Defund Planned Parenthood

McConnell then moves to ward off government shutdown

(Newser) - A short-term spending bill that would have defunded Planned Parenthood while staving off a government shutdown for another few months came far short of passing the Senate today, with both Democrats and eight Republicans voting against it, the Hill reports. According to Politico , the vote was a big defeat for... More »

GOP's 20-Week Abortion Ban Fails in Senate

Meanwhile, there's progress in avoiding government shutdown

(Newser) - Abortions will continue to be legal past 20 weeks of pregnancy after Senate Republicans failed to garner enough votes for a ban today, the Hill reports. The final tally was 54-42 in favor of the measure—with three Democrats voting for it and two Republicans voting against it—but it... More »

12 Days Left, and Shutdown Looms Large

Impasse over Planned Parenthood funding remains

(Newser) - Twelve days remain in the fiscal year, and the threat of a second government shutdown in three years remains very much in play. The big problem remains a showdown over funding for Planned Parenthood, with conservative Republicans who are upset about recent undercover videos demanding that the group lose all... More »

Boehner's Message to House: No Shutdown

Speaker plans to head one off before Dec. 11 deadline

(Newser) - Congress is back to work today after the holiday with a major deadline looming: It needs to pass a new funding bill by Dec. 11 or the government runs out of money. Given that Republicans are seething over President Obama's executive action on immigration , some think a government shutdown... More »

9 Months After Shutdown, DC Hit With Baby Boom

Timing probably just a coincidence, right?

(Newser) - As the nation's capital languished during October's 16-day government shutdown, a nurse in Washington, DC, made a Facebook prediction: “Furlough babies????" Lo and behold nine months later, reps at Sibley Memorial Hospital, where the nurse works, say there’s been a nearly 33% increase in births over... More »

No Shutdown: Congress Rolls Out $1.1T Spending Bill

Bipartisan measure expected to pass easily

(Newser) - After weeks of late nights, House and Senate negotiators believe they have hammered out a bipartisan spending bill that will ensure a year free from government shutdown drama. "There will be no shutdown," says Senate Appropriations Committee chair Barbara Mikulski. "This is a strong bipartisan bill, and... More »

Congress on Verge of Drama-Free Budget

Low-ambition deal might make flying more expensive

(Newser) - Paul Ryan and Patty Murray do not want another government shutdown. That much is clear based on the quick budget deal that the two are reportedly finishing up—one so modest that the Washington Post characterizes it as a "cease-fire." The bill doesn't reduce the debt, close... More »

State Dept. Stocked Up on Booze Before Shutdown

And very expensive art, too

(Newser) - The State Department certainly had its priorities straight in the weeks leading up to the government shutdown: In September, the last month of the fiscal year, it spent $180,000 ... on booze. That includes $11,550 on "gratuity whiskey" and "gratuity wine" at the embassy in Rio, $22,... More »

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