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House Passes Bill to Avert Another Possible Shutdown

Senate expected to approve stopgap measure next week

(Newser) - The House passed a short-term bill Thursday to prevent a federal shutdown when the budget year ends Sept. 30, and give lawmakers until the Thanksgiving break to negotiate and approve $1.4 trillion for federal agencies. The Senate is expected to approve the stopgap bill next week, the AP reports.... More »

Trump Looking for 'Land Mines' in Border Deal

Most predict he will sign it

(Newser) - It's the billion-dollar-and-change question: Will President Trump sign a tentative bipartisan border deal that would allocate $1.38 billion for border fencing (he has maintained he needs $5.7 billion) and avoid a second government shutdown at midnight Friday? USA Today reports the House has scheduled a vote for... More »

Negotiators Strike Deal on Border to Avoid Shutdown

Measure has $1.4B for fences, not $5.7B for president's proposed wall

(Newser) - Congressional negotiators announced an agreement late Monday to prevent a government shutdown and finance construction of new barriers along the US-Mexico border, the AP reports. Negotiators tentatively agreed to far less money for President Trump's border wall than the White House's $5.7 billion wish list, settling for... More »

New Shutdown Impasse Isn't About a Wall

2 sides can't agree on number of immigrants that can be detained; deadline is Friday

(Newser) - Don't look now, but the three-week reprieve that ended the recent government shutdown expires this week. If negotiators can't reach a deal before midnight Friday, a new shutdown begins, notes CNBC . What's worse, talks aren't going well . This time around, the big sticking point isn't... More »

Mood Sours on Border Security Talks

The acting White House chief of staff issues a warning

(Newser) - Bargainers clashed Sunday over whether to limit the number of migrants authorities can detain, tossing a new hurdle before negotiators hoping to strike a border security compromise for Congress to pass this coming week, the AP reports. The White House wouldn't rule out a renewed partial government shutdown if... More »

Stacey Abrams: 'We Do Not Succeed Alone'

Democrat delivers powerful SOTU response

(Newser) - Stacey Abrams stepped onto the biggest stage of her political career Tuesday and accused President Trump and his fellow Republicans of abandoning working Americans and fomenting partisan and cultural discord. The Georgia Democrat introduced herself to the nation months after narrowly losing her bid to become America's first black... More »

Joshua Trees' Recovery From Shutdown May Take Centuries

Slow-to-grow trees were chopped down, driven over

(Newser) - Park rangers furloughed during the 35-day government shutdown are back to work at Joshua Tree National Park with plenty of damage to repair. With a sharply reduced crew at work during the shutdown, "a few vandals or people acting out of ignorance" took vehicles off road, knocked over gates... More »

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 »

Shutdown's Permanent Toll on Economy Is a Small One

By year's end, GDP will be 0.02% smaller because of the shutdown

(Newser) - The federal government shutdown will cause slight permanent harm to the economy—about $3 billion—according to a report Monday by the Congressional Budget Office. The report says the five-week shutdown has slowed growth in the near term but that most of the lost growth "will eventually be recovered,... More »

Trump: Ann Coulter Has Become 'Very Hostile'

He says chances of border deal are less than 50/50

(Newser) - A bipartisan group of 17 lawmakers has been tasked with forging a deal on border security before a three-week deal to fund the government comes to end—but President Trump isn't holding his breath. He tells the Wall Street Journal that he thinks the group's chances of reaching... More »

Pelosi: SOTU Still Won't Be Happening

The House speaker says it's still a work in progress

(Newser) - Nancy Pelosi says the State of the Union address still isn't happening Tuesday, regardless of the government shutdown being on hold. "It's not happening on 1/29," a spokesman for Pelosi tells USA Today . A deal was reached Friday for the federal government to be reopened for... More »

Trump Defends Deal as Shutdown Officially Ends

'This was in no way a concession,' he says, adding that clock for deal is ticking

(Newser) - President Trump has signed a bill that temporarily opens the federal government for three weeks, ending the longest shutdown in US history at 35 days. The White House says Trump signed the measure after the Senate and House each passed it Friday, per the AP . Trump backed down from his... More »

Trump Announces Deal to End Shutdown

Pact will reopen government for 3 weeks, with money for border wall tabled for now

(Newser) - The shutdown will end, at least for three weeks. President Trump announced on Friday, the 35th day of the record-long impasse, that he has reached a deal with congressional leaders to reopen the government, reports NPR . The deal includes no money for a border wall—that contentious issue will... More »

Today Is Not a Good Day to Fly

Flights halted at LaGuardia, delayed elsewhere Friday amid government shutdown

(Newser) - The government shutdown is now wreaking more havoc than ever on airports , with the FAA temporarily halting flights into New York's LaGuardia Friday morning. The agency cited a shortage of air traffic controllers for the disruption as well as for flight delays of an hour or more at several... More »

Thousands of Workers Recalled by IRS Stay Out

Furloughed employees were to help with tax refunds, but many claim hardship or can't be reached

(Newser) - Thousands of workers ordered to return to their jobs without pay by the IRS have not done so, Politico reports. Many of those employees recalled to help with the tax-return filing crunch have claimed financial hardship. IRS officials told House staffers, per the AP , that as of Tuesday, about 12,... More »

Trump: I'm Open to 'Reasonable' Deal

Pelosi rejects wall 'down payment' proposal

(Newser) - Amid the longest government shutdown in US history, President Trump sounds ready to practice the art of the deal—or to let Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer do it for him. After two rival plans to reopen the government failed in the Senate on Thursday, the president said he would... More »

Wilbur Ross Clarifies His Criticized Shutdown Remarks

Commerce chief says he's 'painfully aware' furloughed workers are suffering

(Newser) - Commerce secretary Wilbur Ross took much grief on Thursday when he said he didn't "really quite understand" why furloughed federal workers were showing up at food banks when they could take out a loan instead. Given that Ross is worth somewhere in the neighborhood of $700 million, the... More »

Failed Dem Plan Gets 2 More Votes Than Failed GOP Plan

But Senate rejected both Dem, GOP plans to end shutdown, as expected

(Newser) - A splintered Senate swatted down competing Democratic and Republican plans for ending the 34-day partial government shutdown on Thursday, leaving President Donald Trump and Congress with no obvious formula for halting the longest-ever closure of federal agencies and the damage it is inflicting around the country. In an embarrassment to... More »

Wilbur Ross: Why Are Furloughed Workers at Food Banks?

Commerce secretary doesn't 'quite understand why' shutdown is spurring struggle

(Newser) - Asked about those working without pay due to the government shutdown, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross had a suggestion: "The banks and the credit unions should be making credit available to them. When you think about it, these are basically government-guaranteed loans, because the government has committed these folks will... More »

John Kelly Joins Former DHS Chiefs in Shutdown Letter

They implore Trump and Congress to end the impasse in name of national security

(Newser) - Five former Homeland Security chiefs have written a letter to President Trump and Congress imploring them to end the government shutdown in the name of national security. One name in particular stands out, that of John Kelly, who left the Trump administration on not-so-great terms. “DHS employees who protect... More »

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