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… Continue reading Budget Deal Reached, Shutdown Averted

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… Continue reading Video: Yarmuth Talks About Potential Shutdown

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… Continue reading Yarmuth: Chances of Shutdown Deal Are “Very Slim”

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… Continue reading Shutdown Could Play Out as National Failure

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… Continue reading Paul Proposes Shutdown Prevention Act

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… Continue reading What a Government Shutdown Could Mean