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FORT HANCOCK, Texas | Smaller government? Some Trump supporters cheer the shutdown

FORT HANCOCK, Texas—Jan 26, 2019— Donald Trump didn’t carry many parts of Texas’ heavily Democratic areas along the border with Mexico, but he won remote Hudspeth County thanks to people like Terry Rose. And the 71-year-old mechanic saw the longest shutdown in U.S. history as a campaign promise kept. “I want less government. That’s what … Continue reading FORT HANCOCK, Texas | Smaller government? Some Trump supporters cheer the shutdown

WASHINGTON | Belt buckles and beer: Federal shutdown hits businesses hard

WASHINGTON—January 24, 2019— From power restaurants in Washington and a belt-buckle maker in Colorado to a brewery in California, businesses that count heavily on federal employees as customers are feeling the punishing effects of the government shutdown. In many cases, it’s forcing them to cut workers’ hours and buy less from suppliers — measures that … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Belt buckles and beer: Federal shutdown hits businesses hard

DALLAS | George W. Bush treats Secret Service detail to pizza

DALLAS—Jan 19, 2019—Former President George W. Bush treated his Secret Service detail to pizza to show his appreciation for their service without paychecks during the partial government shutdown. A photo posted on Bush’s Instagram and Facebook pages shows him delivering pizzas to the detail. On his posting, Bush said he and wife Laura “are grateful … Continue reading DALLAS | George W. Bush treats Secret Service detail to pizza

NEW YORK | Met Opera offers free tickets to federal employees

NEW YORK —Jan 18, 2019—Federal government employees affected by the government shutdown can get some free entertainment in New York. The Metropolitan Opera says it is offering free tickets to people with government IDs from Saturday through the end of the month. A pair of tickets per performance can be reserved in advance by telephone … Continue reading NEW YORK | Met Opera offers free tickets to federal employees

Federal workers caught in the middle apply for unemployment

PROVIDENCE, R.I. —Jan 17, 2019— Thousands of federal employees and their families are applying for unemployment and food stamps to get by as the longest government shutdown in U.S. history drags on with no end in sight. But for some of them, it has been an exercise in confusion and frustration. Others, meanwhile, are hesitant to … Continue reading Federal workers caught in the middle apply for unemployment

WASHINGTON | Selective shutdown? Trump tries to blunt impact, takes heat

WASHINGTON —Jan 12, 2019— The government shutdown is wreaking havoc on many Americans: Hundreds of thousands of federal employees don’t know when they’ll see their next paycheck, and low-income people who rely on the federal safety net worry about whether they’ll make ends meet should the stalemate in Washington carry on another month. But if … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Selective shutdown? Trump tries to blunt impact, takes heat

WASHINGTON | Shutdown Day 12: Lawmakers to hear wall plea at White House

WASHINGTON—Jan 02, 2019— President Donald Trump said his Homeland Security officials will “make a plea” for the border wall with Mexico during a briefing for congressional leaders Wednesday at the White House as the partial government shutdown over his demand for wall funding entered its 12th day. The president made his case anew ahead of … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Shutdown Day 12: Lawmakers to hear wall plea at White House

WASHINGTON | Government shutdown likely to stretch into next week

WASHINGTON  — Chances look slim for ending the partial government shutdown any time soon. House lawmakers are being told not to expect further votes this week, all but ensuring the shutdown will enter a second week and stretch toward the new year. Lawmakers are away from Washington for the holidays and have been told they … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Government shutdown likely to stretch into next week

WASHINGTON | The Latest: House plans no more votes this week on shutdown

WASHINGTON — The Latest on the partial government shutdown (all times local): 3:32 p.m. House lawmakers don’t plan to vote this week to end the government shutdown. That’s according to the office of Republican Whip Steve Scalise, who announced the schedule Thursday. Scalise’s office says lawmakers are waiting on the Senate. But Senate already approved … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: House plans no more votes this week on shutdown

WASHINGTON | White House, Congressional Democrats see no deal on shutdown

WASHINGTON— Chances look slim for ending the partial government shutdown any time soon. Lawmakers are away from Washington for the holidays and have been told they will get 24 hours’ notice before having to return for a vote. And although the Senate is slated to come into session Thursday afternoon, few senators were expected to … Continue reading WASHINGTON | White House, Congressional Democrats see no deal on shutdown

The Latest: Budget office orders US government closed

WASHINGTON /February 8, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — The Latest on Congress and spending legislation (all times local): 12:35 a.m. The Office of Management and Budget has officially ordered the U.S. government closed. OMB Director Mick Mulvaney issued the order at midnight, notifying federal agencies they should execute their contingency plans. Mulvaney’s notice says federal employees should … Continue reading The Latest: Budget office orders US government closed

AFGE thanks lawmakers for joint bill supporting federal workers

WASHINGTON/ Jan. 12, 2018 (STL.NEWS) — The nation’s largest union of federal workers, the American Federation of Government Employees, thanks Senate and House lawmakers for introducing joint legislation that recognizes their invaluable contributions to this country. The Federal Adjustment of Income Rates Act, or FAIR Act, was introduced Thursday by Sen. Brian Schatz of Hawaii … Continue reading AFGE thanks lawmakers for joint bill supporting federal workers