government

Quick Reopening

After a narrow early morning vote, Congress moved to end a partial government shutdown.

From day, to night, and headed back to day again. The votes were nail-biters, even after an all-nighter, and missing the midnight deadline. The final vote put the bipartisan plan to keep the federal government funded in action, but with just a small cushion. Democrats in the house still tried holding out for immigration protections, but the deal leaves no…

Back in Business

The passage of a temporary spending bill has re-opened th efederal government.

The federal government is back in business this morning. Congress passed a stopgap funding measure yesterday and the president signed into law last night, ending a three day shutdown. Republicans clearly see the end of the shutdown a as a win. Some think Democrats may have simply caved, but Democratic leaders think they moved the ball forward on immigration reform…

Still Shutdown

The work week begins this morning with the federal government at least partially shut down.

The federal government shutdown technically started Friday night, but the larger impact will really begin to be felt today. Congress isn’t making much headway, as efforts over the weekend to resolve a funding impasse failed, with another vote scheduled today. Most Democrats are holding out for protections for illegal immigrants who came the country as children. President Trump has tweeted…

Shutdown Looming

The temporary plan to keep the government open after Friday's spending deadline is facing opposition.

The likelihood of a government shutdown seems to have gone up overnight after a deal to temporarily push back a spending deadline looks like it’s dead in the water. The head of the House Freedom Caucus, a group of the some of the most conservative Republicans in Congress, is balking at a temporary spending deal to avert a government shutdown…

Want to call your Senator? There’s an app for that

Calling your Senator or US Representative is easy because there’s now an app for that. It’s called ‘Stance’ aimed at changing how constituents interact with their congressional representative. The way it works? You record a message for your Senator or Representative on the app, and the app delivers the recording at night when the phone lines are freed up. If…

Vets forced to pay back millions

CA Guard veterans told to repay enlistment bonuses

(CNN) – American veterans who once put their lives on the line fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan are now locked in a struggle with their own government. Nearly 10,000 vets in California are being asked to pay back bonuses they received when they enlisted in the National Guard. The government says in many cases, the bonuses should never have been…