Tag: Government News

WATCH: Confirmation hearing for William Barr

WASHINGTON – The Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing begins Tuesday for President Donald Trump’s pick for attorney general, William Barr. Barr is expected to face questions from the committee about his relationship with the president and his views on Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation. Watch a livestream of the hearing below, when it begins. Like WTOP […]

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Desperate parents and discount marijuana: DC in a shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — No city experiences a shutdown quite like Washington. Besides the economic impact, a shutdown warps the nation’s capital on a cultural, recreational and logistical level — touching everybody from garbage collectors to young parents, prospective newlyweds to aspiring Eagle Scouts. The current partial shutdown , now in a record fourth week, has […]

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Star chef Jose Andres to feed furloughed federal workers in DC

WASHINGTON — Chef Jose Andres, founder of the nonprofit World Central Kitchen and a 2019 Nobel Peace Prize nominee, will open a kitchen in D.C. to feed furloughed federal workers in his hometown. “We believe that no person should have to go through the pain of not knowing what to feed their children, so we […]

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Star chef Jose Andres to open kitchen for furloughed feds

WASHINGTON — Chef Jose Andres, founder of the nonprofit World Central Kitchen and a 2019 Nobel Peace Prize nominee, will open a kitchen in D.C. to feed furloughed federal workers in his hometown. “We believe that no person should have to go through the pain of not knowing what to feed their children, so we […]

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State Department to stay put on C Street NW

The General Services Administration has renewed the State Department’s lease at 2200 C St. NW after ruling out potential alternative locations to the building next door to State’s main headquarters. The GSA’s lease renewal with the American Pharmacists Association, dated Oct. 11, 2018, was disclosed in documents filed recently with the D.C. Recorder of Deeds. […]

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How to cope with stress through shutdown, financial uncertainty

WASHINGTON — For those dealing with unexpected financial setbacks due to the partial government shutdown, there’s a lot of uncertainty, which may lead to heightened levels of stress. According to the American Psychological Association, more than a third of Americans say unexpected expenses are a source of stress when it comes to finances. Learning to […]

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Pop-up markets at Giant stores to help federal workers, contractors

WASHINGTON — Inside the warehouse headquarters for the Capital Area Food Bank, volunteers are busy, running back and forth to fill bags with 30,000 pounds of fresh apples, carrots, potatoes and onions — all food that’ll be handed out with bags of nonperishable items too at what they’re calling “pop-up markets” throughout the D.C. area. […]

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National Park Service resumes trash pickup at National Mall, DC-area parks

WASHINGTON — Shortly after the partial government shutdown began, photos began popping up on social media showing trash cans overflowing along the National Mall and at other parks under the National Park Service. The lack of maintenance came as 80 percent of park service workers were furloughed. In response, D.C. and community groups began stepping […]

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FAQ: What you need to know about the partial government shutdown

WASHINGTON — As of Saturday, Jan. 12, the partial federal shutdown will have lasted 22 days, surpassing the 1995-1996 shutdown and making it the longest in U.S. history. President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats remain at an impasse over Trump’s demand for more than $5 billion in border wall funding. And Friday, Jan. 11, marks […]

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DC food banks run short of money feeding government workers

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Washington, D.C., food bank says it is seeing an influx of furloughed and unpaid government workers as the government shutdown continues. The chief executive of the Capital Area Food Bank’s Hunger Lifeline, Radha Muthiah, tells The Washington Post the food bank expects to serve as many as 600,000 more meals this […]

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Phones ‘ringing off the hook’ from worried federal workers

WASHINGTON — Federal workers are flooding congressional offices with concerned calls about how they’ll pay their bills, and lawmakers who represent them in the D.C. area vowed Wednesday to do all they can to help end the partial government shutdown. Calling the shutdown “stupid, uncalled for, unnecessary,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said the House […]

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Amid shutdown, Washington Gas offers federal workers help keeping heat on

WASHINGTON — As the partial government shutdown grinds on, one of the D.C. area’s largest utilities says it’s offering potentially cash-strapped federal employees help with keeping the heat on. Washington Gas, which has more than 1 million customers in D.C., Maryland and Virginia, said it’s offering a range of flexible payment options for federal workers, […]

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AU offers free day of classes for furloughed federal employees

WASHINGTON — American University helped federal workers take their minds off the shutdown Tuesday by offering free skills and management training courses. The Classes Without Quizzes event offered through AU’s School of Public Affairs, included courses on “how to start a podcast,” project management and emotional intelligence. The day began with breakfast and yoga and […]

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WATCH: Trump to address border wall, shutdown in televised speech

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump will deliver a speech from the Oval Office Tuesday night, arguing for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border while a partial government shutdown continues. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer have called for equal time to respond to Trump’s address. Trump’s speech is set to begin […]

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Local leaders issue joint statement calling for end to government shutdown

WASHINGTON — The chief executives of D.C., Maryland and Virginia have joined together in a letter which calls for an immediate end to the partial government shutdown. In the letter sent to President Donald Trump and leaders of the U.S. House and Senate, Maryland’s Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, Virginia’s Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam and D.C.’s […]

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Furloughed fed applying for unemployment? Here’s how to do it

WASHINGTON — If you’re a federal employee who has been working regularly and paying at least a minimum amount of tax, you’re probably eligible to receive some sort of unemployment insurance during the government shutdown. You’ll have to apply for the benefits with the state in which you work, according to the Office of Personnel […]

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Wall debate obscures other struggles at the border

SAN DIEGO (AP) — In Washington, it’s all about the wall. At the border, it’s only part of the story. Border authorities are struggling with outdated facilities ill-equipped to handle the growing increase in family migrants, resulting in immigrants being released onto the streets every day. The immigration court system is so clogged that some […]

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White House staff gathering at Camp David for ‘retreat’

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House senior staff will be gathering over the weekend at the Camp David presidential compound for a “staff retreat” to discuss the administration’s priorities for 2019. And White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says President Trump will be joining them and leading meetings Sunday. The gathering comes as Mick Mulavney […]

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WATCH: Pelosi set to become House speaker as Congress returns

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, who will become speaker of the House on Jan. 3, walks to her new office at the Capitol during a television interview for the NBC Today Show with Savannah Guthrie, left, in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) WASHINGTON – The new Congress gets to […]

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Analysis: Could Hogan get sacked in push to keep Redskins in Md.?

This content was republished with permission from WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters. Sign up for Maryland Matters’ free email subscription today. Former Washington, D.C., Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D), whose municipal reforms and financial stewardship helped spark the capital city’s recovery from junk bond status, often said, “The point of having political capital isn’t […]

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National Park Service gets help with trash pickup during government shutdown

WASHINGTON — Trash has been building up this week around the nation’s capital because of the partial government shutdown. But things are improving due to outside groups that have stepped in and picked up the slack while scores of National Park Service employees, who are in charge of maintaining NPS grounds, remain furloughed. “We have […]

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PHOTOS: Government shutdown

WASHINGTON — The partial government shutdown started Dec. 22, 2018 and is still going. See photos as the nation navigates the impacts. The partial government shutdown has closed the D.C. Marriage Bureau, halting civil ceremonies and the issuing of marriage licenses. The lack of a marriage license isn’t the only hitch for Claire O’Rourke, of D.C. […]

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