Lawmakers have narrowly avoided another government shutdown, coming together on a compromise mere days before the deadline. While Democrats are happy with the deal--which provides the president with a small fraction of the border wall funding he had been pushing for--many are wondering why government shutdowns have become such an omnipresent threat. Several pieces of legislation have been proposed to make shutdowns obsolete. But many lawmakers want the threat to negotiate with. What do you think? PERSPECTIVES According to The Week, most countries do not have budgets so intimately ruled by political debate and partisanship. In other countries, not passing a budget leads to swift and decisive consequences. No sensible country does things like this. In parliamentary systems, failure to pass a budget usually means an automatic vote of no confidence and new elections, while the government keeps ticking in the meantime. That is probably the best way of doing things -- but the … [Read more...] about Should Congress ban the use of government shutdowns?
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Michael Collins USA TODAY Published 6:31 PM EST Nov 28, 2018 WASHINGTON – The federal government is moving closer to its third government shutdown since President Donald Trump took office. And Trump says he’d “totally be willing” to let it happen. The government will run out of money at midnight Dec. 7 unless Congress passes a spending bill to keep the lights on. If lawmakers fail to act, some government agencies will no longer have the necessary funding to keep operating and will be forced to close their doors. Here's a closer look: How did we get here? Congress already has approved five bills providing funding for the areas of defense, energy and water, labor, health and human services, the legislative branch and veterans affairs. Trump has signed those into law. But seven other spending bills are still awaiting congressional action. The bills that need approval would fund the departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Justice, Homeland Security, Interior, … [Read more...] about Congress has until Dec. 7 to avoid a federal government shutdown
click to enlarge At a campaign stop in Miami yesterday, U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis voiced his support for President Donald Trump's threat of a government shutdown to secure funding for his campaign-promised border wall. DeSantis, R-Palm Coast, is running against state Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam in the GOP primary for Florida governor. In recent weeks, following Trump's endorsement of DeSantis via Twitter in June and a formal endorsement at a rally in Tampa last week, the 39-year-old congressman has made a habit of cuddling up next to the president. (Take this campaign ad featuring DeSantis' family as an example.) So it makes sense as to why DeSantis would want to strap himself onto Trump's threat of a shutdown excursion. That's especially the case considering how DeSantis is a member of the House Freedom Caucus, known to its critics as the government "Shutdown Caucus" for its role in the October 2013 shutdown standoff. "In the Congress we should be funding this … [Read more...] about Florida Rep. Ron DeSantis backs Trump’s threat of a government shutdown
by SCOTT THUMAN, Sinclair Broadcast Group President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte in the East Room of the White House, Monday, July 30, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) WASHINGTON (SBG) - Could the government shut down if the president's wall doesn't go up? That's the stalemate in Washington; President Donald Trump is threatening a shutdown if he doesn't get funding -- possibly up to $25 billion -- for his wall on the Mexican border. The potential blame game is already underway. "The real question is whether or not the colleagues on the other side of the aisle want to shut down the government over something that’s generally been agreed to as a reasonable first step for border security," said Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C. "And now, he wants to shut down the government?" said Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. "The Republican leaders understand they own the Congress, they own the White House. So, a shutdown is on their … [Read more...] about Is a federal government shutdown on the horizon?
Business 22 January 2018 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-42779948 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Related TopicsUS government shutdown A stand-off over the budget has led to a temporary shutdown of the US government. What will be … [Read more...] about What does a government shutdown cost?