Politics Tensions Rising as Shutdown Looms

01:49  13 january  2018
01:49  13 january  2018 Source:   MSN

Mueller probe would continue during shutdown

  Mueller probe would continue during shutdown The special counsel investigation led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller would be able to continue, even if the federal government shuts down over an impasse on the budget. Load Error A Justice Department spokesperson confirmed to CNN that employees in the special counsel office are considered exempt from furlough and "would continue their operations in the case of a lapse in appropriations.

Share. Tensions Rising as Shutdown Looms . Joshua Roberts. It’s understandable if you’re experiencing a bit of shutdown fatigue, given the many dire warnings about impending closures of the federal government coming out of Washington over the last few months.

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It’s understandable if you’re experiencing a bit of shutdown fatigue, given the many dire warnings about impending closures of the federal government coming out of Washington over the last few months. But with Congress repeatedly pushing the legislative envelope, passing one short-term deal after another, the warnings have been warranted, even if a closure has failed to materialize thus far.


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As Bloomberg’s Sahil Kapur described the current state of affairs Friday, “Congress keeps funding the government in increments of a few weeks or months. In 2017 there were four (4) CRs. There may be yet another one next week.”

McConnell takes hard line after failed shutdown vote

  McConnell takes hard line after failed shutdown vote Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) ripped Democrats for forcing a "completely avoidable" shutdown seconds after the gavel fell on a 50-49 vote failing to advance legislation to avoid a shutdown. McConnell spoke after the Senate missed a deadline for passing legislation to prevent a shutdown and about two hours after the vote began.

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Just a few days ago, it looked like Congress and the White House were headed toward an agreement on immigration issues, smoothing the way for a budget deal. But President Trump rejected a tentative deal reached by a bipartisan group of senators Thursday, and reports that he used crude and offensive language in reference to immigrants further inflamed tensions on Capitol Hill Friday, raising the odds of a potentially crippling budgetary showdown.

Referring to Trump’s incendiary comments, Sen. Dick Durbin said Friday, “My thought that we might get a bipartisan agreement approved by the White House died yesterday.” Some Democrats are hardening their position on immigration issues, with liberal activists pushing for a legislative solution on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to be included as part of any budget deal.

What the government shutdown will mean for federal workers

  What the government shutdown will mean for federal workers Members of the military would have to go to work, but that doesn't mean they would get a paycheckWASHINGTON - The government shutdown will furlough roughly 800,000 federal workers, including Talana Morton-Smith, who is an IT specialist with the National Endowment for the Humanities. "We have mortgages, we have children in school, you know we have bills," Morton-Smith said.

On July 23, US State Department official Thomas Shannon arrived late for his 5am meeting in the presidential palace for talks to try to sooth rising tensions between the two countries.

Even as Republicans are poised to pass a .5 trillion tax-cut bill, a brewing fight over federal funding may lead to a government shutdown at week’s end. Speaker Paul Ryan plans to pass a continuing resolution later this week to fund the government until Jan.

At the same time, some Republicans are threatening to withdraw their support for a short-term spending deal next week unless they receive assurances that spending caps on defense spending will be raised significantly.

In a note to clients Friday, Cowen Research’s Chris Krueger said he still thinks a short-term agreement is likely next week, avoiding a shutdown for now, though he notes that the situation is fluid and could change rapidly. However, Krueger added, the prospects for a long-term budget agreement aren’t looking good: “Shutdown sometime this year over DACA/TPS/Wall remains likely.”

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Charity to provide military survivor benefits during shutdown .
A Maryland based charity has promised to ensure the families of fallen troops will be paid survivor benefits during the government shutdown. The Fisher House Foundation will ensure benefits including a $100,000 payment will be paid within days of a death, Fisher House spokesperson Kerri Childress told CNN."Under a government shutdown, the Department of Defense has no authority to pay death benefits to these families," chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana White told CNN. As well as the payment, the benefits include funeral and burial reimbursements.

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