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Politics Tensions Rising as Shutdown Looms

01:49  13 january  2018
01:49  13 january  2018 Source:   msn.com

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.

MOST POPULAR. It’s understandable if you’re experiencing a bit of shutdown fatigue, given the many dire warnings about impending closures of Thursday, and reports that he used crude and offensive language in reference to immigrants further inflamed tensions on Capitol Hill Friday, raising the odds

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. Referring to Trump’s incendiary comments, Sen.

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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.

Tensions rise as government shutdown looms .

Democrats have warned they want a budget agreement to include an immigration deal that protects the so-called "dreamers.".

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.

Global tensions are rising visibly, as the petrodollar-funded U.S. corporate government faces a January 18th start of gold-backed yuan-denominated oil trading, even while its still-unfunded January 31st payment deadline looms .

With barely two days before the US government runs out of money, and President Donald Trump feuding with Democrats over immigration, Republican congressional leaders scrambled Wednesday to avoid an embarrassing federal shutdown .

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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