(CNN)President Donald Trump got into a public verbal spat with congressional Democratic leaders Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer when they met Tuesday in the Oval Office to work toward avoiding a partial shutdown on December 21, when funding for a large portion of the government expires. Much of their disagreement turned on who would be blamed for a shutdown and who would own it if it occurred. "The President made clear he wants a shutdown," said Schumer after the meeting. JUST WATCHED See Trump, Pelosi, Schumer clash over shutdown Replay More Videos ... MUST WATCH See Trump, Pelosi, Schumer clash over shutdown 15:55 Starting with the mid-1990s clashes between President Bill Clinton and the then-fresh Republican majority in Congress, there have been seven polled government shutdowns or close calls, and though each situation was unique, Republicans have been blamed for most of them, although Democrats took the blame for the most recent, a short affair … [Read more...] about Who gets blamed for a government shutdown?
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The partial shutdown of the government may have gone into effect over the weekend, but with the first two days of the work week federally declared holidays, Wednesday marked the first day most federal workers — of which there are more than 50,000 in Colorado — found themselves forced off the job. For Chris Fowler, a project manager with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Denver, the work stoppage resulting from an impasse in budget negotiations between the Trump administration and Congress means another period of unwelcome uncertainty for him and his colleagues. “I have a mortgage to pay, a daughter in college and a son about to graduate high school,” said Fowler, who went through the 16-day partial federal government shutdown five years ago. “The bottom line is we shouldn’t have to do this — we should be at work.” But Fowler and 800,000 fellow federal employees across the United States are now furloughed — or … [Read more...] about “We should be at work”: Furloughed federal employees in Colorado bemoan uncertainty of government shutdown
NEW YORK — Routine food inspections aren’t getting done because of the partial government shutdown, but checks of the riskiest foods are expected to resume next week, the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday. The agency said it’s working to bring back about 150 employees to inspect riskier foods such as cheese, infant formula and produce. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said the agency can’t make the case that “a routine inspection of a Nabisco cracker facility” is necessary during the shutdown, however. The FDA doesn’t oversee meat and poultry and those inspections are continuing. Gottlieb said FDA inspections would have ramped up this week for the first time since the holidays, so the lapse in inspections of high-risk foods will not be significant if they resume soon. He said his concern would grow if those inspections were halted for several weeks. The FDA conducts about 8,400 domestic inspections a year, or an average of 160 a week, … [Read more...] about FDA haults routine food inspections during government shutdown
By Patrick May | [email protected] | Bay Area News GroupPUBLISHED: January 14, 2019 at 9:39 am | UPDATED: January 14, 2019 at 9:43 am As he left the snowy climes of D.C. for the partly cloudy skies of the Big Easy, President Donald Trump on Monday started off his day as he does most days of late: dumping on the Democrats. It’s Day 24 of the longest-running government shutdown in U.S. history. And it started with a presidential tweet from Trump saying he’d “been waiting all weekend” for them to “get to work.” As he left the White House for his trip to New Orleans, Trump told reporters he is “not looking to call a national emergency” because solving the problem should be “simple.” So as you let that sink in, we suggest you find a copy or a streaming version ($3.99 on Prime Video) of the 2015 movie “24 Days” to mark the moment. Some things to know: IMDb describes “24 Days” thusly: “When … [Read more...] about Government shutdown: It’s Day 24 — go see the movie
President Trump said he will make a “major announcement” about border security and the ongoing government shutdown Saturday at 3 p.m. Details of the announcement were not known in advance. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders would only say that Trump was “going to continue fighting for border security” and “going to continue looking for the solution” to end what the administration had repeatedly referred to as a “humanitarian and national security crisis at the border.” The move, amid a shutdown that has left hundreds of thousands of federal workers without paychecks, marks the first major overture by the president since Jan. 8, when he delivered an Oval Office address making the public case for his border wall. Democrats have said they will not negotiate until the government reopens, raising questions about how Trump might move the ball forward. Democrats were proposing $563 million to hire 75 more immigration judges, who … [Read more...] about Trump to make ‘major announcement’ about shutdown
U.S. Former Speaker of the House John Boehner said he thinks Donald Trump has “done the right things,” except when it came to listening to the “knucklehead caucus” during the partial government shutdown. “It should be clear to you that Donald Trump has a different style than I do,” Boehner said while speaking to a Republican club on Marco Island, Florida, on Monday night. “I always thought you caught more bees with honey than you do with vinegar.” But according to the Naples Daily News, the former congressman couldn’t “help but laugh” about how the partial government shutdown unfolded. The shutdown over border security ended last week when Trump signed a continuing resolution to keep the government open through February 15. The deal did not include any funds for his wall between the U.S. and Mexico. Boehner said he blamed “talk radio people” and “goofballs on the right” for criticizing the … [Read more...] about Republican Former House Speaker Criticizes Donald Trump for Listening to ‘the Knucklehead Caucus’ Over Government Shutdown