U.S. The United States government officially went into a partial shutdown at midnight Eastern time, 11 p.m. Central, on Friday night. The Senate adjourned a few hours before the looming midnight deadline, meaning certain government employees will now be expected to continue working through the holidays without pay — at least until later. So when the clock struck midnight on the East Coast, a few hundred thousand federal employees will now start working without pay until further notice. Congress has already approved funding for about 75 percent of federal offices. While that sounds like a hefty amount, there would still be roughly 420,000 workers affected. The shutdown is because of a stalemate over a couple hundred million dollars — and ultimately the Senate not willing to approve an additional $5.7 billion for a wall along the southern border. This is the third shutdown in 2018 — the first time in 40 years there has been three government shutdowns in one … [Read more...] about What Does The Partial U.S. Government Shutdown Mean, Now That It Has Happened?
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Right now, it's unclear how long the partial shutdown of the U.S. federal government will continue. The shutdown began at midnight Friday after President Donald Trump rejected a congressional budget compromise, and Trump has suggested that it could last a "very long" time unless he gets funding for his border wall. To those outside the United States, it's often a difficult battle to understand -- few other nations have comparable crises in reaction to domestic funding disputes. But even if the shutdown is a distinctly American phenomenon, its effect will be felt internationally in three big ways. 1. People The U.S. government employs thousands of people around the world -- people who work at U.S. embassies may be the most obvious examples. Generally, the people whose work is most vital to national security and the safety of human life are considered "excepted" and are required to work through the shutdown, instead of being put on unpaid furlough. They will be given back pay once a … [Read more...] about 3 ways the U.S. government shutdown affects world
San Juan, Puerto Rico — Two popular colonial-era forts in Puerto Rico's capital have been closed as part of the U.S. federal government shutdown. The island's government-owned Tourism Company had been temporarily financing operations at the San Felipe del Morro Castle and the San Cristobal Castle since the U.S. government's partial shutdown cut funding for the National Park Service, which oversees the monuments.Officials said more than 45,000 people visited the two sites in Old San Juan during that period. The two sites closed on Monday after the U.S. National Park Service ended the agreement, citing unspecified "operational reasons."A warning message on the National Park Service website reads: "During the federal government shutdown, San Cristobal and Del Morro are closed. Del Morro grounds will remain open. All visitor services are closed. For emergency call 911. Because of the federal government shutdown, this website is not being updated!" … [Read more...] about Puerto Rico closes colonial-era forts due to U.S. government shutdown
With no breakthrough in sight to end the shutdown, newly empowered House Democrats - and at least a few Republican senators - are stepping up pressure on the president and Republican legislators to reopen the government. Mr Trump said he would discuss the "Humanitarian and National Security crisis on our Southern Border" on Tuesday evening. He maintains that more than 5 billion dollars (£4 billion) for a wall is necessary to secure the border. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted on Monday that he will use the visit on Thursday to "meet with those on the front lines of the national security and humanitarian crisis". As the shutdown lurched into a third week, many Republicans watched nervously from the sidelines as hundreds of thousands of federal workers went without pay and government disruptions hit the lives of ordinary Americans. Mr Trump has offered to build the barrier with steel rather than concrete, billing that as a concession to Democrats' objections to a … [Read more...] about Trump plans border visit as U.S. government shutdown lurches into third week
U.S. Americans would blame Donald Trump and the Republican Party rather than congressional Democrats for the looming U.S government shutdown, according to a new USA Today/Suffolk University poll. Forty-three percent of those surveyed said they would blame the president and the GOP for the shutdown, while 24 percent would hold congressional Democrats responsible; 30 percent said they'd regard both sides as equally at fault. Read more: Adam Schiff wants to know if Trump's Deutsche Bank accounts show he is "compromised" by Russian money laundering An overwhelming majority—54 percent to 29 percent—said they opposed the shutdown that Trump had threatened unless Congress provided $5 billion funding for his wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The poll found a sharp partisan divide, with 83 percent of Democrats opposed to a shutdown, whereas two-thirds of Republicans supported it. The nationwide survey of 1,000 voters was taken by landline and cellphone … [Read more...] about Americans Blame Donald Trump and the GOP for Looming Government Shutdown: Poll
By Ritvik Carvalho LONDON (Reuters) - World stocks extended a steep sell-off on Friday as the threat of a U.S. government shutdown and further hikes in U.S. borrowing costs compounded investor anxieties over the trajectory of global economic growth.European shares opened in negative territory, following in the footsteps of U.S. and Asian markets. The pan-European STOXX 600 fell over half a percent, continuing its slide towards lows not seen since the end of 2016. [.EU]Most European bourses and industry indexes were in the red after the S&P 500 fell overnight, heading for its worst quarter since the dark days of the financial crisis in late 2008, with a loss of 15 percent so far. The Nasdaq has shed 19.5 percent from its August peak, just shy of confirming a bear market. Oil prices, which slid just over 4 percent on Thursday, were reclaiming some ground. The dollar, which had suffered its biggest one-day drop on the yen since November 2017 on Thursday, lost a further 0.1 percent … [Read more...] about Growth fears and U.S. government shutdown threat slam stocks