WASHINGTON – Got travel plans? Relax. Holiday travel should not be impacted by the partial federal government shutdown, which entered its fifth day on Wednesday and no end in the near future. Planes and trains are still running, even though a quarter of the federal government remains shuttered after government funding lapsed for nine federal departments and several smaller agencies because of a budget dispute between President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats. Security workers at the nation’s airports are still on duty to screen passengers, even though they’re working without pay. Some 55,182 employees for the Transportation Security Administration are expected to remain on the job during the shutdown, according to the Department of Homeland Security’s shutdown contingency plan. Checkpoints at the nation’s borders also will remain open to help process international travelers. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol estimates that 54,935 employees will … [Read more...] about How your holiday travel plans will be impacted by the partial federal government shutdown
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WASHINGTON – Shutdown politics did not take a holiday this week as President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats continued to spar over a border wall funding dispute that has frozen some government operations. The partial government shutdown, which entered its fifth day Wednesday, was expected to last at least until Thursday, when senators could be called back to Capitol Hill. But there was little sign over the Christmas break that serious negotiations were underway. "It’s a disgrace what’s happening in our country," Trump told reporters gathered in the Oval Office on Christmas morning, summing up the status of the stalemate. "But other than that, I wish everybody a very Merry Christmas." Speaking after extending Merry Christmas to troops overseas via video conference, Trump said Democrats who oppose funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border once supported the idea. Trump likened it to his 2017 firing of FBI Director … [Read more...] about Government shutdown day 5: Politics doesn’t take a holiday as stalemate continues over border wall funding
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump warned that he's "totally prepared for a very long shutdown," but just how long it takes to break the impasse and reopen agencies will depend on who blinks first and the creaky mechanics of Congress. Trump and congressional leaders could technically strike an agreement and move emergency legislation through the Capitol quickly, reopening agencies in under an hour. But the entrenched battle over Trump's proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border – not to mention the Christmas holiday – may hamper a speedy resolution. There are two hurdles in front of the off ramp. First, Trump and Democratic Senate leaders must come to an agreement that can also pass the GOP-led House. Once an agreement is reached, leaders may have to call lawmakers back to Washington, endure procedural delays in the Senate and get the bill to the president for his signature. Here's a look at some possible scenarios for ending the shutdown: … [Read more...] about How will President Donald Trump, Congress get out of the government shutdown?
WASHINGTON – Don’t fret, kiddos. And parents, too. Neither rain nor snow nor hail nor sleet will keep Santa out of the skies on Christmas Eve. And government shutdown or not, NORAD’s Santa Tracker will follow the Jolly Ol’ Man’s journey every reindeer step of the way. The Santa Tracker, celebrating its 63rd year, won’t be affected by the government shutdown, which started early Saturday after nine governmental departments ran out of funding, and Congress and the White House failed to strike a deal to keep things running. Even if the shutdown extends through the holidays, as expected, the Santa Tracker will still use satellites and radar to keep tabs on St. Nick’s journey around the globe and take calls from anxious kids (and maybe a few grown-up kids at heart) who will want to know if he has been spotted anywhere in their 'hood. The Santa Tracker is staged every year by the North American … [Read more...] about Will NORAD’s Santa Tracker still monitor St. Nick’s journey even if there’s a government shutdown?
The partial government shutdown, which began at midnight Saturday, is likely to affect millions of small businesses. While 800,000 government workers brace for temporary financial losses, many of the roughly 30 million small businesses nationwide face revenue losses and limited access to certain loans. Because the Trump administration and Congress were unable to reach a long-term funding agreement that includes President Trump's proposed $5 billion border wall, any small business owner who was banking on quick assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be out of luck. "Due to the lapse of government funding, SBA will remain inactive until further notice. We apologize for any inconveniences and we look forward to assisting you when we return," the agency posted on Facebook. Without a spending bill, nine of 15 federal departments and dozens of agencies are closed or reducing some operations, according to a fact sheet released … [Read more...] about Government shutdown: How small businesses are hurt