At least four major airports suffered flight delays Friday because of an increase in air traffic control employees calling in sick as the government shutdown continues. However, the El Paso International Airport has gone unscathed. The Federal Aviation Administration’s flight delay map had showed significant departure delays at the airports in Philadelphia and Newark, N.J., on Friday morning. Lesser delays also showed at New York's LaGuardia earlier in the day. By early afternoon, "staffing" delays had dissipated at Philadelphia but had popped up in Atlanta, the world’s busiest airport. Curtis Dowling, air traffic manager in El Paso, said there have been no issues with staffing of air traffic controllers. The FAA listed staffing as the cause and had issued a “traffic management” initiative to slow down the rates of departures. Typically, that metering effort helps controllers space out planes to keep the pace of either … [Read more...] about Government shutdown delays flights at 4 major airports, but El Paso unaffected
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WASHINGTON – The Senate will vote Thursday on a pair of bills to fund the federal government, the first sign of movement in weeks toward ending a budget standoff that has triggered the longest government shutdown in history. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., announced Tuesday the chamber will vote to begin debate on a bill that would provide $5.7 billion for a border wall and make other concessions that President Donald Trump offered to Democrats over the weekend. If that bill fails to get the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster, senators will then vote to begin debate on a short-term measure that would reopen the government until Feb. 8. The House approved that proposal last week. But that bill also will require 60 votes, a threshold that will be hard to reach and will require bipartisan support. And even if the measure passes, Trump has threatened to veto it. Regardless, the votes will mark the first time … [Read more...] about Government shutdown, Day 32: Senate to vote Thursday in first sign of congressional movement
WASHINGTON – Congress will vote this week on different bills to fund the federal government, but the proposals offer such starkly divergent pathways forward that they are unlikely to end the longest government shutdown in history. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Tuesday that he would bring to the floor later this week a $354.5 billion spending bill that would provide $5.7 billion in funding for a border wall as well as some of the immigration concessions that President Donald Trump proposed over the weekend. “The opportunity to end all this is staring us right in the face,” McConnell said. “All that needs to happen is for our Democratic friends to put the country ahead of politics, take yes for an answer and vote to put this standoff behind us.” Democrats, however, already have rejected the proposal as a “non-starter,” so it is likely to be dead on arrival even if it passes the Senate. House Democrats are pushing their … [Read more...] about Government shutdown, Day 32: Congress takes different paths toward reopening departments
Super Bowl LIII could be the first major sporting event in more than two decades held during a government shutdown, although federal officials told USA TODAY Sports that those attending the game or the events surrounding it shouldn’t worry any more than the first 52 games that were played with a fully employed government. “Nothing has been curtailed,” FBI spokesman Kevin Rowson told USA TODAY Sports. “We are fully operational.” This year’s Super Bowl, scheduled for Feb. 3 between the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots, is a SEAR 1 event, the federal government’s second-highest security classification. The State of the Union address, categorized at the highest level (NSSE), is scheduled for Jan. 29, although House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested to President Trump last week that it be postponed because of security concerns surrounding the shutdown. While not necessarily a terrorism target, a SEAR 1 event … [Read more...] about Will government shutdown impact security at Super Bowl LIII?
FORT PIERCE — If you want to more to do to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day than attend a parade, the Treasure Coast Food Bank needs help packing food boxes going to federal employees affected by the partial government shutdown. Called a Day of Action to Help Federal Employees, the Food Bank, at 401 Angle Road, in Fort Pierce, is looking for volunteers to sort and pack boxes to assist more than 1,000 federal employees on the Treasure Coast and Okeechobee County, according to President Judy Cruz. It’s an annual event at the Food Bank, she said, to celebrate a day of service in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Related: Treasure Coast Food Bank cooking up a new future with commercial plant “Because of the fact that the parade (in Fort Pierce) is going on and there are a lot of people up in the community,” she said, “It’s a nice time for people to come in, and, after they get inspired and have a great time at the parade, do something to give … [Read more...] about Treasure Coast Food Bank helping federal workers affected by government shutdown