Tag: government shutdown

Trump’s Cruel Proposal to End the Shutdown

Senate Republicans and Democrats on Tuesday announced the first hint of progress in negotiations over the government shutdown. The chamber has scheduled procedural votes on two separate bills for Thursday: one that would fund the government through February 8, and one that represents President Donald Trump’s opening bid for ending […]

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Is President Willy Wonka Trying to Reopen the Government Chocolate Factory?

Photo: Win McNamee (Getty Images) Dueling proposals (read, dicks) are going to be voted on Thursday as the white men controlling the rest of the planet have reached some sort of agreement that might allow government black folks back to work. From The Hill: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) […]

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Want to Pass Medicare for All? Fix American Democracy First.

The federal government’s partial shutdown enters its second month this week, and there is no end in sight. It does not matter that the American public largely wants the government to reopen, or that the shutdown inflicts a growing economic and environmental toll on the nation. President Donald Trump and […]

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Millions of Families to Receive February SNAP Benefits Early, March Funding Remains Unclear

Millions of Americans relying on government assistance will see a major bump in their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, benefits this month. Still, the extra money isn’t exactly extra, and they may come at a significant cost. February SNAP monies have been added to accounts to ensure families receive […]

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The Trump Shutdown Is an Environmental Crisis

The Environmental Protection Agency employs about 13,000 people to protect Americans from pollution. Last week, fewer than 900 were working, the rest having been furloughed due to the government shutdown. Among those who reported for duty was Andrew Wheeler, the agency’s acting administrator and President Trump’s nominee to succeed ousted […]

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Furloughed federal workers are warned of employment scams, bogus loans

WASHINGTON — As federal workers and contractors miss paychecks, consumer experts are warning them to be wary of scam artists who might seek to exploit their troubling situation. The Montgomery County Office of Consumer Protection said anyone in financial distress should watch out for bogus loans, illegal debt collection practices and work-at-home schemes. Short term, […]

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GOP Rep. Zeldin: Cut Off Congress’ Pay and You Could Have a Budget Deal Within 45 Minutes

In his Sunday appearance on New York AM 970 radio’s “The Cats Roundtable” with John Catsimatidis, Rep. Lee Zeldin’s (R-NY) commented on the ongoing partial government shutdown, saying if pay for Congress were to be cut off, there would be a budget deal for border wall funding in as soon as 45 minutes. “It’s difficult […]

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Homeland Security Chair Thompson: Dem Are Not Ruling Out Supporting a Wall

Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” House Homeland Security Committee chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) said he “would not rule out a wall in certain instances” as part of a deal to end the partial government shutdown. Discussing President Donald Trump proposal on immigration and border security, Thompson said, “I don’t think Democrats are opposed to any […]

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Kirsten Gillibrand: Trump ‘Doesn’t Care About Anyone But Himself’

Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) accused President Donald Trump of not caring about anyone but himself. While discussing Trump’s prosed deal to end the government shutdown, Gillibrand said, “The difference between what he has offered and what we were trying to purpose is we wanted a pathway to citizenship for all […]

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Pence: Trump’s Immigration Proposal to Reopen Government ‘Is Not Amnesty’

On this weekend’s broadcast of “Fox News Sunday,” Vice President Mike Pence said President Donald Trump’s offer to Democrats to end the shutdown was not amnesty. Saturday, Trump proposed a deal that includes $5 billion to partially fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and a three-year extension of protections for Deferred Action for Childhood […]

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Bon Jovi’s Restaurant to Offer Free Meals to Furloughed Government Workers

JBJ Soul Kitchen, a “community restaurant” owned by rock star Jon Bon Jovi, will offer free meals to furloughed government workers and their families on Monday afternoon. “In line with our mission, Federal workers are encouraged to join us for a delicious meal and to learn about additional support and resources available in our community,” the restaurant announced on its Facebook page […]

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Lindsey Graham on Trump Shutdown Compromise: ‘Fantastic Proposal’ — ‘Let’s Get it Done!’

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Saturday lauded President Donald Trump’s compromise proposal to end the partial government shutdown and expressed enthusiasm about turning the plan into law. President Trump offered Democrat leaders a three-year extension on the temporary legal status of 700,000 “Dreamers” — immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally by their parents — […]

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CNN’s Symone Sanders: ‘Democrats Aren’t Going to Fund Donald Trump’s Little Racist Wall’

CNN personality Symone Sanders mocked President Trump’s attempt to end the government shutdown Saturday, saying that Democrats won’t fund his “little racist wall.” “It is not good for anyone, that currently, the Department of Homeland Security is not funded, that folks are going to work for free, like, this is not safe for Americans. But, […]

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Trump: I’m Proposing $5.7 Billion for Wall in Exchange for DACA, TPS Protections and Other Reforms

During a statement on Saturday, President Trump proposed funding for humanitarian assistance and drug detection technology, increases in Border Patrol agents and immigration judges, changes to the asylum application process for minors, promotion of family reunification, $5.7 billion in border wall funding, and protections for DACA recipients and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders. Trump said, “Our […]

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Klobuchar: Trump Should ‘Come Back to the Table,’ End Shutdown

During Friday’s Democratic Weekly Address, Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) asked President Trump “to come back to the table,” and end the government shutdown. “I’m Amy Klobuchar, the Senator from the state of Minnesota. This weekend, we are on the verge of what soon will be a month-long government shutdown, and it’s the longest and most […]

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Ocasio-Cortez Supports Cardi B Calling Trump Supporters ‘F*cking Racist Rednecks’

Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez expressed support for rapper Cardi B Friday after she lashed out at Trump and his “racist” supporters this week. “I do, I do,” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said in response to a TMZ reporter who asked her if more people like Cardi B should speak up about politics. “I mean, Bronx girls are gonna […]

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Michael Moore: Federal Workers Should Take Over Buildings, ‘Shut Down All Air Travel’

Left-wing filmmaker and activist Michael Moore said in a social media post Friday that furloughed federal workers should start a “mass uprising” and “hound Mitch McConnell” over the government shutdown. “What would a nonviolent mass uprising by 800,000 federal workers look like? Sit-ins. Takeover buildings. Shut down all air travel,” Michael Moore said. “A human […]

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FAQ: What you need to know about the government shutdown

WASHINGTON — We are now in the midst of the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. It started Dec. 22 and shows no signs of letting up. President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats are still in a standoff over Trump’s demand for more than $5 billion in border wall funding — which Trump previously said […]

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Angel Mom to Pelosi’s MS-13 Defense: My Son’s ‘Spark of Divinity’ Erased

An angel mom took Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s staff to task Tuesday, telling them the spark of divinity Pelosi saw in MS-13 was “erased” from her son. “Do you remember when our president called MS-13 animals?” Sabine Durden asked. A voice could be heard saying, “oh, yeah.” Durden continued, “And [Pelosi] got all upset and said […]

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