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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...

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...

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...

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...

Trump Agrees to Delay SOTU Until Shutdown Ends
Trump Blinks First
in SOTU Standoff

Trump Blinks First in SOTU Standoff

He says he'll postpone speech until shutdown ends

(Newser) - Unless lawmakers strike a deal to reopen the government by next Tuesday, President Trump's second State of the Union address will be the first in history to be delayed by a shutdown. The president was the first to blink in his SOTU standoff with Nancy Pelosi Wednesday, the BBC...

Aviation Unions on Shutdown: We Can't Calculate the Risk

Reps for air traffic controllers, pilots, flight attendants say air safety system 'deteriorating'

(Newser) - Is it still safe to fly during the government shutdown? That's a question with a potentially uncomfortable answer, at least according to the unions representing more than 130,000 pilots, flight attendants, and air traffic controllers, per the New York Times . In a statement , the presidents of the three...

Thanks, Shutdown: This Airport Has Worst Wait Times

Minneapolis tops TSA's list at 46 minutes

(Newser) - With no end in sight to the government shutdown and TSA experiencing higher than normal absence rates , how are the security lines at airports? Not too bad, according to a press release from the agency that notes "national average wait times are within normal TSA times of 30 minutes...

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...

FBI Agents Say Shutdown Is Doing Serious Damage

Even paid informants aren't getting paid

(Newser) - The ongoing government shutdown is damaging national security and "our enemies know they can run freely," FBI agents say in a report from a group that represents more than 14,000 current and former agents. In the FBI Agents Association report, the agents, speaking anonymously, describe how the...

Amid the Shutdown, MLK National Park Gets 16-Day Reprieve

It's all thanks to Delta's $84K

(Newser) - The Martin Luther King Jr. National Park reopened just in time for the federal holiday, and Americans have Delta, not Congress, to thank. An $83,500 grant from the airline—which has its headquarters in Atlanta, where the park is also located—will be combined with National Park Service recreation...

SNL Has Solution to the Shutdown
SNL Has Solution
to the Shutdown 

SNL Has Solution to the Shutdown

Alec Baldwin's Trump plays a little game of 'Deal or No Deal' with members of Congress

(Newser) - With no deal to end the government shutdown, Saturday Night Live tried to find a simple solution for Alec Baldwin's President Trump character. As Kenan Thompson as Steve Harvey on Deal or No Deal said, "We decided to do this in the only format that you can understand:...

Pizza Delivery Man Bush Implores 'Both Sides' to End Shutdown

George W. fed his own Secret Service detail while calling for end of shutdown

(Newser) - As the country awaits President Trump's "major announcement" on the partial government shutdown, an ex-president got to work feeding those affected by it. USA Today reports on a Friday Instagram post from George W. Bush, showing him delivering pizza to his Secret Service detail; nearly 6,000 Secret...

'Major' News From Trump Coming on Shutdown

Offering few details, president says he'll speak at 3pm

(Newser) - The partial government shutdown is now in its 28th day, per a CNN tracker, and President Trump is now promising some big news on it. The president tweeted late Friday afternoon: "I will be making a major announcement concerning the Humanitarian Crisis on our Southern Border, and the Shutdown,...

Pelosi Responds to Cancellation of Trip

She accuses White House of killing a potential commercial flight, too, which White House denies

(Newser) - In his Thursday letter announcing he'd cancelled a military flight meant to carry Nancy Pelosi and other lawmakers to Brussels and Afghanistan, President Trump noted that the House Speaker was still free to fly commercial . But on Friday, Pelosi shot back that the White House made that impossible, too....

Trump Cancels Pelosi&#39;s Trip Abroad
Trump Cancels
Pelosi's Trip Abroad

Trump Cancels Pelosi's Trip Abroad

After she requested that the State of the Union be postponed

(Newser) - President Trump, it appears, is working on a new travel ban —and this one is aimed at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. On Thursday, the President sent Pelosi a letter saying that he was cancelling a congressional delegation’s trip abroad so Pelosi can stay in Washington DC and continue...

You Can Buy a Furloughed Worker a Beer

It's one way people are helping out those not getting a paycheck

(Newser) - At airports around the country, donations of everything from diapers to boxes of Ramen noodles are being dropped off to help TSA workers cope without a paycheck, reports the AP . That's in part because these airport screeners are typically paid less than other government employees, with most making between...

Everyone Is Watching Cardi B's 58-Second Shutdown Rant

'Hey, y'all. I just wanna remind you because it’s been a bit over three weeks, OK?'

(Newser) - If you're wondering why Cardi B went viral last night, well, so was Cardi B. "Why am I trending?" she tweeted Wednesday night. The answer: a 58-second, expletive-studded video she posted to Instagram on the shutdown a few hours earlier that has now racked up 9 million views....

Governor's Husband Cleans Park Bathroom, Bills Trump

Dan Little still hasn't received his $28 from the president

(Newser) - Among the “grim consequences” of the ongoing government shutdown, the Guardian notes, are “messy toilets, broken Joshua trees , and unsupervised campers” at national parks around the US. In Oregon, Dan Little, husband of Gov. Kate Brown, got his hands dirty this month to mitigate at least one of...

Was Pelosi's State of the Union Move a Foolish One?

Pundits weigh in

(Newser) - In a letter to President Trump on Wednesday, Nancy Pelosi suggested that the State of the Union address, scheduled for Jan. 29, be postponed until after the shutdown ends or delivered in writing. Some reactions to the House speaker's move, which she indicated was tied to security concerns :
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Pelosi Sends Trump a Letter With a Big Ask

She wants him to delay his State of the Union address

(Newser) - On Jan. 3 she formally invited him to deliver the State of the Union address on Jan. 29; just shy of two weeks later, Nancy Pelosi wants it rescheduled until after the shutdown ends—or just delivered in writing. In a letter sent to President Trump, Pelosi cited security concerns,...

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