Passengers moved smoothly through O'Hare International Airport Monday, but a continued government shutdown has potential to throw a wrench into the system, Sen. Tammy Duckworth said. The Hoffman Estates Democrat who toured updated facilities at the airport said the third week of the White House standoff with Congress is exasperating federal workers worried about losing pay. Many Transportation Security Administration "agents are calling in sick in order to go work other jobs because they have to put food on the table and meet rent," Duckworth said."At a time when the nation's security is at stake, we're actually losing a number of TSA agents on the job, and that is deeply concerning," she said.Another worry for travelers is excessive lines at one of the nation's busiest airports, but the Chicago Aviation Department reported that O'Hare and Midway "airports continue to provide safe and efficient operations for passengers, with checkpoint wait times averaging 15 minutes or less … [Read more...] about Will government shutdown affect O’Hare?
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Eric Yoder and Katie Mettler, The Washington Post Published 5:24 am PST, Saturday, December 22, 2018 The U.S. Capitol in Washington. The U.S. Capitol in Washington. Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Aaron P. Bernstein. Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Aaron P. Bernstein. Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 The U.S. Capitol in Washington. The U.S. Capitol in Washington. Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Aaron P. Bernstein. Will government shutdown impact Mueller's investigation? Answers to this and more. 1 / 1 Back to Gallery WASHINGTON - At midnight Friday, the federal government entered a partial shutdown, suspending funding for many agencies. This will complicate many lives - those of federal … [Read more...] about Will government shutdown impact Mueller’s investigation? Answers to this and more.
The House is set to vote Wednesday on a massive spending package that funds a large section of government and aims to avert a shutdown, just weeks before the midterm elections.Republicans and Democrats alike are hailing the bill as a success, as Congress has long struggled to pass legislation like this on time and before the start of the next fiscal year.While the package -- which groups multiple spending bills together in what's called a "minibus" -- was approved overwhelmingly by the Senate last week and is expected to easily pass the House, there still remains a degree of uncertainty whether President Donald Trump will actually sign it.That's in part because of mixed signals sent by the President over the bill in recent weeks. But privately and publicly, Republicans are expressing confidence that he'll put his signature on it in the end."I don't think anybody in the country has an appetite for a shutdown," said Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, a Tennessee Republican on the appropriations … [Read more...] about House to vote Wednesday on bill to avert government shutdown
POLITICS 09/24/2018 03:29 am ET The president has suggested he won't sign the bipartisan bill unless it includes funding for the wall at the U.S.-Mexico border. Matthew Daly and Kevin Freking WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is set to pass a crucial spending bill that averts a government shutdown, but there’s one potential obstacle: President Donald Trump. Neither party wants the government to close ahead of the midterm elections that will determine control of Congress, but Trump has made clear his frustration at the lack of money for his long-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. He says it is “ridiculous” the wall has yet to be fully funded. With less than a week before a Sept. 30 deadline for a partial shutdown, Republican leaders hope they can get Trump to set aside his frustration about the wall and sign legislation that funds the military and a host of civilian agencies for the next year. The bill also would provide a short-term fix to keep … [Read more...] about New Spending Bill Will Avert Government Shutdown But Won’t Pay For Trump’s Wall
WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday approved a wide-ranging, $854 billion bill that funds the military and a host of civilian agencies for the next year and provides a short-term fix to keep the government open through early December. The measure includes $675 billion for the Defense Department and boosts military pay by 2.6 percent, the largest pay raise in nine years. The bill also approves spending for Health and Human Services, Education, Labor and other agencies, including a 5 percent boost for the National Institutes of Health. Senators approved the bill 93-7. The measure now goes to the House, where lawmakers are expected to approve it next week, days ahead of a Sept. 30 deadline for a government shutdown. The stopgap bill would not address President Trump's long-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. GOP leaders have said they prefer to resolve the issue after the Nov. 6 elections. The Senate vote comes as House and Senate negotiators work to approve a separate … [Read more...] about Senate passes bill to avert upcoming government shutdown