Are the governor and the Minnesota Legislature heading for a special session or, worse yet, a government shutdown? No one on the inside of state government likes those terms, recognizing that voters don’t look favorably on dysfunction, especially perhaps in a state that fancies itself better than most. Yet with the 2019 session entering its critical final six working weeks, it’s hard to see how it will all end, not only when it comes to the one must-do of the session — passing a two-year state budget — but on other front-page issues such as health care funding, transportation improvements and gun safety. Deals almost always come together. That is what the governor and legislative leaders are relying on. Yet the way they talk about their disagreements goes well beyond the acerbic rhetoric that has become the political norm. With the governor’s office and the state House in the hands of DFLers and the state Senate controlled by the GOP, Minnesota’s … [Read more...] about Does the 2019 legislative session have the makings of a state government shutdown?
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U.S. Republican Senators John Cornyn of Texas and Steve Daines of Montana co-sponsored an act Wednesday that would halt the pay of Congress during a government shutdown. Another senator proposed not only stopping the pay of Congress, but not allowing any backpay accrued during a shutdown. The United States went into a partial government shutdown nearly three weeks ago, and some of the 800,000 government employees affected have continued working, not knowing if they’ll even get paid. Now, these senators, along with other lawmakers, have acted to establish a law that says Congress can’t get paid until they work out a deal to reopen the government. Cornyn tweeted a message Wednesday night saying they should forego their own paychecks until the current shutdown — entering its 20th day on Thursday — is resolved. “Pleased to join my friend Senator Steve Daines of Montana and cosponsor his “No Government No Pay Act of 2019.” Congress … [Read more...] about Senators Sponsor Bills To Stop Congress Pay During Government Shutdown
POLITICS 12/26/2018 08:34 am ET Asked when the government would reopen fully, Trump said he couldn’t say. Nomaan Merchant WASHINGTON (AP) — Christmas has come and gone but the partial government shutdown is just getting started. Wednesday brings the first full business day after several government departments and agencies closed up over the weekend due to a budgetary stalemate between President Donald Trump and Congress. And there is no end in sight. So far, the public and federal workers have largely been spared inconvenience and hardship because government is closed on weekends and federal employees were excused from work on Christmas Eve and Christmas, a federal holiday. The shutdown began at midnight last Friday. Trump said Tuesday that the closed parts of the government will remain that way until Democrats agree to wall off the U.S.-Mexico border to deter criminal elements. He said he’s open to calling the wall something else as long as he ends up … [Read more...] about After Christmas, The Government Shutdown Is Just Getting Started
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who was strongly opposed to President Donald Trump's border wall funding, on Saturday said that in order for the government to reopen Republicans, including Trump, need to "abandon" the border wall.Many employees and contractors will be paid up until that point in January because the government operates on a delayed pay schedule, said Ashley De Smeth, a spokeswoman for the American Federation of Government Employees.The impulsive, not-really-thought-through move has become the norm in Trump's presidency. Special counsel Robert Mueller's office will remain open as well, because it is funded with a permanent indefinite appropriation, according to the agency's shutdown plan.Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., indicated Friday night the Senate wouldn't take any more futile votes until a deal all sides could support was reached. Republicans & Democrats had a deal and Trump lit it on fire, just [because] a few talk show hosts said mean things … [Read more...] about Government shutdown: Local reactions, impact on you
"This is a fumble, and we need to make sure that the president stays firm", Meadows, of North Carolina, said, as his caucus insisted the short-term deal include the Trump's request for $5 billion for his border wall.U.S. President Donald Trump will not sign legislation to fund the federal government that passed the U.S. Senate, U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters after a meeting with the president on Thursday. It's not clear if there are enough votes in the House for a bill that would include the $5 billion in border wall funding; in the Senate, where any measure will require 60 votes to clear procedural hurdles, there are nearly certainly not enough votes.Trump remained ambiguous Thursday on whether he will sign a measure temporarily funding the government in order to avoid a year-end shutdown, as he lamented a lack of funding for his desired border wall. Then it will have enough votes to pass a funding bill to send to the Republican-controlled Senate, leaving it up to Trump … [Read more...] about Trump demands wall funding, increasing threat of United States government shutdown