22 January 2018 - US Government Shutdown
Shutdown Goes Into Monday as Senate Inches Toward Deal
Nicholas Fandos and Thomas Kaplan (The New York Times, 21/01/2018)
Senators failed on Sunday to reach an agreement to end the government shutdown, ensuring that hundreds of thousands of federal employees would be furloughed Monday morning even as the outlines of a potential compromise came into focus.
For much of the day, feverish work by a bipartisan group of senators offered a reason for cautious optimism that a deal could be reached soon. By Sunday night, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, moved to delay until noon Monday a procedural vote on a temporary spending bill — a signal that talks were progressing.
In a gesture to lawmakers seeking assurances that the Senate will address the fate of hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants, Mr. McConnell said he intended to move ahead with immigration legislation next month if the issue had not been resolved by then.
US shutdown: Government services closed as working week begins
(BBC News, 22/10/2018)
Hundreds of thousands of federal workers will be unable to report for work on Monday, as the US Senate struggles to end a government shutdown.
Some will not be paid until the stalemate is resolved.
A rare Sunday session of the Senate yielded no agreement between Democrats and Republicans, with immigration one of the main sticking points.
Essential services will still run but famous sites such as the Statue of Liberty have already been affected.
Senate adjourns without deal to end government shutdown; vote postponed until noon Monday
Robert Costa, Erica Werner, Mike DeBonis and Sean Sullivan (The Washington Post, 21/01/2018)
The government shutdown headed into its third day after frantic efforts Sunday by a bipartisan group of moderate senators failed to produce a compromise on immigration and spending.
“We have yet to reach an agreement on a path forward that would be acceptable for both sides,” Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said shortly after 9 p.m. Sunday, adding that talks would continue ahead of a procedural vote scheduled for noon Monday.
The effects of the shutdown over the weekend were relatively limited — halting trash pickup on National Park Service property, canceling military reservists’ drill plans, and switching off some government employees’ cellphones.
The lesser-known effects of a government shutdown
Caroline Kenny (CNN, 22/01/2018)
What do NASA tours, Air Force Academy athletics and military base commissaries have in common? All have come to a halt during the current government shutdown.
With the government shut down, thousands of nonessential government personnel will be furloughed. Agencies are taking the weekend to let their employees know their status and other organizations are evaluating their finances and determining how they plan to handle the shutdown.
A government shutdown affects a lot more than just the everyday grind of Congress and Washington, DC. There are many consequences that affect people all over the globe and might not be commonly considered. Here's a list of some notable impacts of a government shutdown.