Paul Votes Against Short-Term Spending Bill

After congressional leaders reached an agreement on the federal budget, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., opposed the temporary bill to avert a government shutdown. The freshman senator and Tea Party darling had drafted a Shutdown Prevention Act that his office said would essential federal services continue to function in the absence of a spending bill. […]

Budget Deal Reached, Shutdown Averted

An hour before the midnight Friday deadline, Speaker John Boehner said Friday night that a deal has been reached with Democrats on the federal budget to avoid a government shutdown. The proposal raised the level of cuts to $39 billion from this year’s budget, but spared slashes to groups such as Planned Parenthood while resolving […]

Video: Yarmuth Talks About Potential Shutdown

As budget negotiations continue in Washington, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., says the country is on the verge of a government shutdown in a new video message to constituents. The congressman released the message in response to questions in the district about the cause and impact of a shutdown. Check it out: Yarmuth also announced […]

Yarmuth: Chances of Shutdown Deal Are “Very Slim”

With less than 11 hours before the midnight Friday deadline, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., called proposed cuts made by Republicans reckless and doubted a deal will be made to stop a government shutdown. Top Democrats and Republicans have publicly disagreed about the reasons for an impasse. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., told reporters […]

Shutdown Could Play Out as National Failure

In previous stories we’ve asked who the American people will blame if the federal government shuts down. As usual, political observers disagree and point back to the last shutdown as some sort of road map. The National Journal’s Matthew Cooper says no matter who is to blame—President Barack Obama, Speaker John Boehner or all of […]

Today on State of the News

With a government shut-down looming and questions about how such a step would affect the average citizen, Phillip M. Bailey joins us to talk about what lawmakers from Kentucky and Indiana have been saying about the budget impasse and what next week could bring. Rick Howlett reports on a snag in plans to re-open Kentucky Kingdom, and Indiana’s defeated smoking bill.

They’ll also fill us in on a controversial proposal that would allow food stamps to be used to purchase fast food from Yum! Brands restaurants. Then we’ll join our colleagues at The Easter Standard, live from Keeneland with a conversation about the future of Kentucky’s racing industry, with the presidents of Keeneland, Turfway, and Churchill Downs.

Shutdown Negotiations Yield No Deal

With less than a day until a government shutdown, President Barack Obama and congressional leaders failed to reach an agreement Thursday night. The president met with Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to reach an agreement on a federal budget before the midnight Friday deadline. All sides have said their differences have […]

Paul Proposes Shutdown Prevention Act

With a government shutdown almost a day away, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has introduced an act his office says will ensure that essential federal services continue to function in the absence of a spending bill. The act goes beyond certain provisions pertaining to a possible shutdown, however, and instructs the U.S. Treasury to pay […]

What a Government Shutdown Could Mean

The impact of a federal government shutdown is highly dependent on what President Barack Obama’s administration determines is “essential” and “non-essential”. For instance, the White House has made it clear that any personnel and services  “necessary for the safety of life and protection of property” of the country and its citizens will continue. There are […]