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  • In this Jan. 21, 2018, file photo, lights illuminate the U.S. Capitol on second day of the federal shutdown as lawmakers negotiate behind closed doors in Washington. The era of trillion-dollar budget deficits is about make a comeback _ and a brewing budget deal hastened the arrival. Lawmakers are inching closer to a two-year, budget-busting spending pact that would give whopping budget increases to both the Pentagon and domestic programs have been inching closer to an agreement, according to aides and members of Congress. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

    House Republicans Working On Averting Another Shutdown

    WASHINGTON — House Republican leaders are grappling for a strategy to avert another government shutdown at midnight Thursday.
    They scheduled a closed-door session Monday evening to brief House GOP lawmakers on a way to pass a stopgap funding bill that […]

  • Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., explains to reporters how his negotiations with President Donald Trump broke down yesterday as quarreling politicians in Washington eventually failed to keep their government in business, at the Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Schumer’s Moment: Shutdown Puts Spotlight On Dem Leader

    WASHINGTON — For Republicans, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is the face of the government shutdown. For immigration advocates, he’s their best hope.
    Perhaps the most powerful Democrat in Washington, Schumer has so far succeeded in keeping his party unified […]

  • President Donald Trump waits to be introduced to speak to the March for Life participants from the Rose Garden of the White House, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

    Bad Timing: Shutdown Threat Shadows Trump 1-Year Festivities

    WASHINGTON — Talk about lousy timing.
    President Donald Trump had hoped to spend the weekend celebrating the one-year anniversary of his inauguration. Now, he’s facing a potential government shutdown.
    Trump scrapped plans to depart Friday for his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida, […]

  • President Donald Trump speaks at H&K Equipment Company on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018 in Coraopolis, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

    AP FACT CHECK: Shutdown Wouldn’t Halt Military

    WASHINGTON — It’s a stretch, at best, to think the military would bear the brunt of a partial government shutdown, as President Donald Trump asserted Thursday at the Pentagon.
    Although he was meeting Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and other senior […]

  • FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2001, file photo, the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. is shown in an aerial view. The GOP-led Congress is hoping to approve a must-pass spending bill as the clock ticks toward potential government shutdown this weekend. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

    House GOP Scrambles To Rally Votes For Spending Bill

    WASHINGTON — House Republicans early Thursday unveiled a new, stripped-down spending bill to prevent a government shutdown this weekend and allow quarreling lawmakers to punt most of their unfinished business into the new year.
    The bill would keep the government […]

  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., reacts to a reporters question during a news conference Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, in Louisville, Ky. The Senate passed the tax bill early Saturday morning with a 51-49 vote. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

    McConnell: No Government Shutdown This Week Over Immigration

    WASHINGTON — Testing the resolve of Democrats, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declared Sunday there won’t be a government shutdown this week over the question of protecting immigrants brought to the country illegally as children, describing it as a […]

  • Gov. Chris Christie Is Blistered Over His Day At The Beach

    Gov. Chris Christie Is Blistered Over His Day At The Beach

    TRENTON, N.J. — Gov. Chris Christie got blistered online Monday after he was photographed sunning himself on a New Jersey beach that he had closed to the public over the Fourth of July weekend because of a government shutdown.
    Commenters mocked […]

  • A job seeker fills out forms at a table while attending a career fair with prospective employers in New York City, October 24, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Segar

    U.S. Jobs Market Dodges Blow From Government Shutdown

    WASHINGTON  – U.S. job growth unexpectedly accelerated in October as employers shrugged off a partial government shutdown, suggesting the economy was on firm footing and raising the prospect the Federal Reserve may soon decide to temper its bond-buying stimulus.
    Employers added […]

  • In this Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, photo, a shopper browses at a Timberland store in Skokie, Ill. The Conference Board releases the Consumer Confidence Index for October on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    U.S. Consumer Confidence Plunges On Gov’t Shutdown

    WASHINGTON — Americans’ confidence in the economy fell this month to the lowest level since April, as many worried about the impact of a 16-day partial government shutdown. The decline could weigh on spending and economic growth.
    The Conference Board said […]

  • Shutdown Causes IRS To Delay Tax Filing Season

    Shutdown Causes IRS To Delay Tax Filing Season

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Here’s more fallout from the government’s partial shutdown: Early tax filers will have to wait an extra week or two to get tax refunds next year.
    The Internal Revenue Service said Tuesday it will delay the start of […]

  • In this Oct. 16, 2013, photo, Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, left, and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, walk to the Senate floor to vote on a bill to raise the debt ceiling and fund the government on Capitol Hill in Washington. The budget-debt brawl has widened the rift between the Grand Old Party and tea party lawmakers who are upset that House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell agreed to the plan to reopen government without extracting any limits on President Barack Obama's health care law.(AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

    Shutdown Showdown Widened GOP-Tea Party Rift

    WASHINGTON — The Republicans’ clear defeat in the budget-debt brawl has widened the rift between the Grand Old Party and the blossoming tea party movement that helped revive it.
    Implored by House Speaker John Boehner to unite and “fight another day” […]

  • President Barack Obama, center, and Vice President Joe Biden, center left,  meet with Democratic Leadership in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, in Washington. Sitting with them are from left to right, Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., Rep. Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y. The partial government shutdown is in its third week and less than two days before the Treasury Department says it will be unable to borrow and will rely on a cash cushion to pay the country's bills. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    Senators Seek Budget Deal, House GOP Effort Flops

    WASHINGTON — Senate leaders are optimistic about forging an eleventh-hour bipartisan deal preventing a possible federal default and ending the partial government shutdown after Republican divisions forced GOP leaders to drop efforts to ram their own version through the House.
    Pressured […]

  • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada takes the elevator after a rare Senate session on Capitol Hill in  Washington, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. Senate Republicans and Democrats hit an impasse Sunday over spending in their last-ditch struggle to avoid an economy-jarring default in just four days and end a partial government shutdown that's entering its third week. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

    Default Looming, Day 14 Of Shutdown, No Solution

    WASHINGTON  — The United States moved perilously closer to an economy-rattling default and a partial government shutdown entered its third week as Senate Democratic and Republican leaders remained at odds over spending in their last-ditch negotiations to end the crises […]

  • U.S. President Barack Obama meets U.S. Senate Democrats in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, October 12, 2013. Pictured are (L-R) Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Harry Reid (D-NV) and Patty Murray (D-WA). REUTERS/Jason Reed

    U.S. Senate Leader ‘Confident’ Fiscal Crisis Can Be Averted

    WASHINGTON – Senate Majority Harry Reid said Sunday that he was engaged in negotiations with Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and was “confident” they could resolve the fiscal crisis confronting Washington.
    “We’re in conversation today,” Reid said on the Senate floor.
    “I’m […]

  • FILE Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Catherine Threat watches students as they arrive at Courtenay Elementary Language Arts Center in Chicago in this Oct. 7, 2013 file photo taken in Chicago. The Wisconsin veteran hasn’t let the federal shutdown shut Her down. Threat returned from active duty in Afghanistan in July. Since then, she’s been in the Army Reserve and working as a civilian at Fort McCoy in central Wisconsin _ until last week when she was furloughed. Rather than sitting around, Threat decided to volunteer for a veteran patrol for the Chicago Public Schools “safe passage” program. As part of the effort to keep students safe while traveling to school, the veteran branch of the program is coordinated by the group No Veteran Left Behind. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

    Furloughed Workers Pinching Pennies, Volunteering

    They’re experienced research engineers and park rangers still in college, attorneys who enforce environmental regulations and former soldiers who took civilian jobs with the military after coming home from war.
    And all of them have one thing in common: They were […]

  • President Barack Obama, left, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., meet with Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.,  in the Oval Office of the White House, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Washington. The federal government remains partially shut down and faces a first-ever default between Oct. 17 and the end of the month. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    Senate Leads Hunt For Shutdown And Debt Limit Deal

    WASHINGTON  — Racing the calendar and the financial markets, Senate leaders have taken the helm in the search for a deal to end the partial government shutdown and avert a federal default.
    “This should be seen as something very positive, even […]

  • U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) arrives at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, October 12, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

    Deal To Resolve Fiscal Crisis Stalls In Congress

    WASHINGTON – Hopes for an immediate resolution of Washington’s fiscal crisis faded on Capitol Hill on Saturday as angry House of Representatives Republicans accused President Barack Obama of shutting down negotiations with them and turning to the Senate.
    Congress was racing […]

  • Three U.S. Parks Reopen

    Three U.S. Parks Reopen

    Oct. 12 – Some US governors dish out cash to reopen national parks. Julie Noce reports

  • Obama Pressures Republicans To Raise Debt Ceiling, End Shutdown

    Obama Pressures Republicans To Raise Debt Ceiling, End Shutdown

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama pressured Republican lawmakers on Saturday to agree to raise the U.S. debt ceiling for longer than they would prefer, as their fiscal impasse dragged into the weekend with five days left to find a deal.
    The […]

  • Republican senators, from left, Ted Cruz of Texas, John McCain of Arizona, David Vitter of Louisiana, and Richard Shelby of Alabama, walk in the rain back to their bus at the North Portico of the White House in Washington, Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, after they met with President Barack Obama regarding the government shutdown and debt ceiling. After weeks of ultimatums, President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans are exploring whether they can end a budget standoff that has triggered a partial government shutdown and edged Washington to the verge of a historic, economy-jarring federal default. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

    New GOP Shutdown, Debt Plan, But No Agreement Yet

    WASHINGTON  — House Republicans are offering to pass legislation to avert a default and end the 11-day partial government shutdown as part of a framework that would include cuts in benefit programs, officials said Friday.
    Republicans also seek changes in the […]

  • House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, leaves his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 10,2103, for the White House and a meeting with President Barack Obama regarding the ongoing budget fight. Facing a fresh deadline, Boehner said Thursday that Republicans would vote to extend the government's ability to borrow money for six weeks _ but only if President Barack Obama first agrees to fresh negotiations on spending cuts. Under the Republican plan, the partial government shutdown would continue in the meantime. Photo: Evan Vucci, AP

    Hope? Shutdown, Debt Talks But No Resolution Yet

    WASHINGTON  — The nation’s economy on the line, President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans groped inconclusively Thursday for a compromise to avert an unprecedented U.S. default as early as next week and end the 10-day-old partial government shutdown.
    “We expect further […]

  • Brady Press Room of the White House in Washington. The president said he told House Speaker John Boehner he's willing to negotiate with Republicans on their priorities, but not under the threat of "economic chaos." (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    Obama Plans To Talk To GOP Again On Shutdown, Debt

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is making plans to talk with Republican lawmakers at the White House in the coming days as pressure builds on both sides to resolve their deadlock over the federal debt limit and the partial government […]

  • Budget Clash Intensifies Amid Hints Of Short Truce

    Budget Clash Intensifies Amid Hints Of Short Truce

    WASHINGTON  — President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner are increasing the pressure on each other to bend in their deadlock over the federal debt limit and the partial government shutdown. Even as they do, there are hints they […]

  • FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2013, photo Rick Hohensee of Washington holds a "Fire Congress" sign near the House steps on Capitol Hill in Washington. A new poll says Americans are holding Republicans primarily responsible for the partial government shutdown. The Associated Press-GfK survey finds plenty of disdain to go around as people size up the federal impasse. Most now disapprove of the way President Barack Obama is handling his job. And Congress’ approval rating is a perilous 5 percent.   (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

    Poll: GOP Gets The Blame In Shutdown

    WASHINGTON  — Americans are holding Republicans primarily responsible for the partial government shutdown as public esteem sinks for all players in the impasse, President Barack Obama among them, according to a new poll. It’s a struggle with no heroes.
    The Associated […]

  • U.S. Still In Fiscal Deadlock But Looking For A Way Out

    U.S. Still In Fiscal Deadlock But Looking For A Way Out

    WASHINGTON – There were signs of stepped up efforts on Monday to find an exit strategy from the current U.S. fiscal crisis both in Congress and at the White House, with President Barack Obama saying he would accept a short-term […]

  • Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, October 7, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

    Wall Street Falls As No Progress Seen To Resolve Shutdown

    NEW YORK  – U.S. stocks fell on Monday, extending two weeks of losses, as a lack of progress in ending the partial U.S. government shutdown or the debt-ceiling standoff kept investors nervous.
    The S&P 500 ended near its lows of the […]

  • Gov’t Shutdown Enters 2nd Week, No End In Sight

    Gov’t Shutdown Enters 2nd Week, No End In Sight

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The government shutdown entered its second week with no end in sight and ominous signs that the United States was closer to the first default in the nation’s history as Speaker John Boehner ruled out any measure […]

  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks during a briefing on the Defense Department's FY2014 budget at the Pentagon in Washington in this file photo taken April 10, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/Files

    Pentagon To Recall Most Furloughed Workers, Easing Shutdown Pain

    WASHINGTON  – The Pentagon said on Saturday it would recall most of the roughly 400,000 civilian Defense Department employees sent home during the government shutdown, in a move that could greatly lessen the impact of the shutdown on America’s armed […]

  • U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) addresses reporters during a news conference with fellow House Republicans at the U.S. Capitol in Washington October 4, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

    Washington Heads Into Fifth Day Of Shutdown, No End In Sight

    WASHINGTON – Washington headed into the fifth day of a partial government shutdown with no end in sight even as another, more serious conflict over raising the nation’s borrowing authority started heating up.
    The U.S. House of Representatives prepared for a Saturday session […]

  • House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio walks to a Republican strategy session on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. Boehner is struggling between Democrats that control the Senate and GOP conservatives in his caucus who insist any funding legislation must also kill or delay the nation's new health care law. Added pressure came from President Barack Obama who pointedly blamed Boehner on Thursday for keeping federal agencies closed. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Prospect For Quick End To Shutdown Is Remote

    WASHINGTON — Prospects for a swift end to the 4-day-old partial government shutdown all but vanished Friday as lawmakers squabbled into the weekend and increasingly shifted their focus to a midmonth deadline for averting a threatened first-ever default.
    “This isn’t some […]

  • U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the government funding impasse at M. Luis Construction, a local small business in Rockville, Maryland, near Washington, October 3, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed

    Obama Cancels Asia Tour Over Shutdown; Raises Questions On U.S. Pivot

    WASHINGTON/NUSA DUA, Indonesia  – President Barack Obama called off plans to visit Asia and attend two summits because of the U.S. government shutdown, raising questions about the strategic “pivot” to the region that he announced just two years ago.
    Obama had […]

  • U.S. Shutdown Seen Dragging On As Debt Ceiling Fight Nears

    U.S. Shutdown Seen Dragging On As Debt Ceiling Fight Nears

    The shutdown of the U.S. government appeared likely to drag on for another week and possibly longer as lawmakers consumed day three of the shutdown with a stalling game and there was no end in sight until the next crisis […]

  • House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, speaks to reporters following a meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    White House Meeting Yields No Progress On Shutdown

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama brought congressional leaders to the White House on Wednesday for the first time since a partial government shutdown began, but there was no sign of progress toward ending an impasse that has idled 800,000 federal […]

  • Vicki Maturo, of Culver City, Calif., protests against the government shutdown outside the federal building in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013. President Barack Obama summoned congressional leaders to the White House on the second day of a partial government shutdown that has furloughed hundreds of thousands of workers and closed military cemeteries as far away as France. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    President Obama, Lawmakers Meet On Shutdown’s 2nd Day

    WASHINGTON  — President Barack Obama conferred with congressional leaders at the White House on Wednesday for the first time since a partial government shutdown  Lawmakers  began, but there were no signs of progress toward ending an impasse that has idled hundreds […]

  • Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, October 1, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

    Wall Street Rebounds As Government Shutdown Seen Short-Lived

    NEW YORK  – U.S. stocks kicked off a new month and a new quarter with gains on Tuesday as investors, for now, appeared confident that the first partial government shutdown in nearly two decades would be short-lived.

    After declining seven out […]



    WASHINGTON  – The U.S. government began a partial shutdown on Tuesday for the first time in 17 years, potentially putting up to 1 million workers on unpaid leave, closing national parks and stalling medical research projects.

    Federal agencies were directed to cut […]

  • Shutdown Orders Issued As Congress Misses Deadline

    Shutdown Orders Issued As Congress Misses Deadline

    WASHINGTON — For the first time in nearly two decades, the federal government staggered into a partial shutdown Monday at midnight after congressional Republicans stubbornly demanded changes in the nation’s health care law as the price for essential federal funding […]

  • Speaker of the House John Boehner, R- Ohio, pauses during a news conference after a House Republican Conference meeting about the ongoing budget fight on Capitol Hill on Monday, Sept. 30, 2013 in Washington.  (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

    Countdown: GOP Unity Frays As Shutdown Grows Near

    WASHINGTON– A threatened government shutdown imminent, House Republicans scaled back their demands to delay the nation’s health care law Monday night as the price for essential federal funding, but President Barack Obama and Democrats rejected the proposals as quickly as […]

  • The morning sun illuminates the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, as the government teeters on the brink of a partial shutdown at midnight unless Congress can reach an agreement on funding. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Stocks Sink As Government Heads Toward Shutdown

    NEW YORK  — Stocks sank Monday as Wall Street worried that a budget fight in Washington could lead to something far worse for the economy- a failure to raise the nation’s borrowing limit.
    The Dow fell 91 points, or 0.6 percent, […]


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