WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When President Donald Trump stormed out of a White House meeting with congressional leaders last Wednesday, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sat there silently, uttering not a word as the talks blew up, according to others in the room. U.S. President Donald Trump departs with U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Vice President Mike Pence after addressing a closed Senate Republican policy lunch as a partial government shutdown enters its 19th day on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 9, 2019. REUTERS/Jim Young The No. 1 Republican in Congress, who rose to power on his reputation as a master of legislative wrangling, has had little to say in public or private during a partial federal government shutdown that began on Dec. 22 and has no end in sight. Showing no interest in defying his president and Trump’s demand that triggered the shutdown for funding for a U.S.-Mexico border wall opposed by Democrats, McConnell has kept … [Read more...] about As government shutdown drags on, where is Senator McConnell?
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Several Republican senators introduced legislation Friday to permanently end government shutdowns by creating an automatic continuing resolution for any appropriations bill, allowing the federal government to remain open even when budget agreements break down. Currently, when Congress fails to meet a deadline to pass a government funding bill, the agencies which remain unfunded shut down. Often, Congress chooses to pass what's called a continuing resolution (CR) to delay and extend the deadline to pass funding bills, which keeps funding operations at their current levels. The "End Government Shutdowns Act" would automatically create a continuing resolution for any appropriations bill not passed by Oct. 1, the deadline to pass a bill funding the government for the next fiscal year. In theory, this would allow members of Congress to continue to negotiate over appropriations while keeping the government open.CR funding would be reduced by 1 percent after 120 days, and would be reduced by … [Read more...] about GOP senators introduce bill to permanently end government shutdowns
U.S. The government shutdown stemming from President Donald Trump's demand for border wall funding has damaged his approval rating further to equal his all-time low. A three-day Morning Consult survey that started two hours before some government agencies shut down found that only 39 percent of registered voters approved of Trump's job performance. That figure included 80 percent of Republicans. The majority of respondents across party identifications, 56 percent—including 90 percent of Democrats and 57 percent of independents—did not approve of his performance, the poll released on Wednesday showed. Trump's 39 percent approval rating matches the lowest point of his popularity in August 2017, when he condemned "many sides" for the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a white nationalist drove a car into a group of protesters, resulting in the death of Heather Heyer and causing injuries to 19 others. President … [Read more...] about Donald Trump Approval Rating Equals All-Time Low As Americans Blame Him for Government Shutdown: Poll
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Peter Bailey-Wells Globe Staff December 24, 2018 When the federal government partially shut down over the weekend, a number of federally-run programs and sites went quiet, on furlough until Congress decides how to pay the nation’s bills. Programs funded by the Violence Against Women Act were among those without money Saturday morning when the federal impasse over President Trump’s demand for border wall funding came to head. The landmark 1994 law, which helps support victims of sexual assault, domestic abuse, and stalking, expired when Trump refused to sign a House- and Senate-approved appropriations bill that included a short-term extension of the law. Advertisement Several Massachusetts representatives blamed Trump and the Republican Party for allowing the law to expire. Get Today in Politics in your inbox: A digest of the top political … [Read more...] about One result of the government shutdown: The Violence Against Women Act has expired
Billy House, Bloomberg Published 3:17 am PST, Tuesday, December 18, 2018 Paul Ryan may cap off his time as House speaker by shutting down part of the federal government, barring an unexpected breakthrough this week. Such an exit by Ryan would stand in stark contrast to his predecessor, John Boehner. The previous GOP House speaker struck a budget deal at the end of his tenure in 2015 to avert a shutdown and extend the government's borrowing limit. Government funding expires Friday night for nine government departments and various independent agencies. Ryan and other House GOP leaders haven't tried to pass a spending bill that meets President Donald Trump's demand for $5 billion for a border wall, nor have they proposed any alternative. Senate Republicans also seem to be stumped. They met Monday night in an effort to find a solution to please Trump as well as Democrats who are willing to spend no more than $1.37 billion on border fencing, but admitted afterward they'd … [Read more...] about Ryan on track for his final act as speaker: Government shutdown