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Congressional Spotlight

What is the impact of the government shutdown?

Bloomberg Government's Chris Payne and Cameron Leuthy will talk about the government shutdown and how it is affecting contracting and agency missions.
October 15, 2013

Tuesday - 10/15/2013, 07:39pm EDT
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Debt ceiling default 'uncharted territory' for federal workforce

Two weeks into a government shutdown that has hamstrung federal agencies and sent large sections of their employees home without pay, Congress is heading for another last-minute showdown — this time over raising the government's borrowing authority, known as the debt ceiling.

Tuesday - 10/15/2013, 04:29pm EDT

House GOP floats a counter to Senate's debt idea

House Republicans unveiled a proposal that would give the Treasury authority to borrow normally through Feb. 7 and reopen the government with enough money to last until Jan. 15. The White House quickly rejected the plan.

Tuesday - 10/15/2013, 11:40am EDT

Shutdown deal in sight? Reid, McConnell optimistic

Closing in on shutdown and debt limit deal: Democrat Reid and Republican McConnell optimistic

Tuesday - 10/15/2013, 03:34am EDT

Timeline: Congress' path to federal shutdown

Timeline of action on partial government shutdown, expiring federal borrowing authority

Monday - 10/14/2013, 05:10am EDT

Reid, McConnell fail to agree on shutdown deal

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke by phone Sunday but failed to agree on a deal to raise the nation's borrowing authority above the $16.7 trillion debt limit or reopen a government still shuttered on its 14th day.

Monday - 10/14/2013, 04:01am EDT

During shutdown, critical public safety functions fall by the wayside

A new staff report from the Senate Commerce Committee highlights some of the ways in which the government shutdown is throwing sand in the gears of the private economy. But the authors also point to several ways in which federal furloughs are jeopardizing public safety.

Friday - 10/11/2013, 06:38pm EDT
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Obama signs bill to pay military death benefits

Amid controversy, Obama signs bill to pay military death benefits during government shutdown

Friday - 10/11/2013, 06:00am EDT

GOP Lawmakers lambaste DoD over shutdown furloughs

Nearly all of the Defense Department's civilians are now working, despite the government shutdown. Many members of Congress believe none of those civilians should have been furloughed to begin with. DoD remains unsure how to address contractors under the Pay Our Military Act.

Friday - 10/11/2013, 04:07am EDT
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House GOP offers shutdown-debt plan, but no agreement yet

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 three-year-old health care law known as Obamacare as part of an end to an impasse that has roiled financial markets and idled 350,000 federal workers. President Barack Obama has insisted he will not negotiate with Republicans over federal spending - or anything else - until the government is reopened and the $16.7 debt limit raised to avert the possibility of default.

Thursday - 10/10/2013, 06:40pm EDT

Morin paints challenging way ahead for Air Force's audit readiness

Jamie Morin, the outgoing comptroller and President Barack Obama's nominee to be DoD's second director of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation office, told lawmakers Thursday that the Air Force would struggle to meet the 2014 financial management deadline. Jo Ann Rooney, the nominee to be undersecretary of the Navy, said furloughs from sequestration and the government shutdown have delayed progress on several programs.

Thursday - 10/10/2013, 06:27pm EDT
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Furloughs, debt ceiling and lobbying

On this week's Capital Impact show, Bloomberg Government analysts discuss how the debt limit and furloughs are affecting the economy, and how a case being reviewed by the Supreme Court, could impact future elections.
October 10, 2013

Thursday - 10/10/2013, 06:01pm EDT
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House offers short-term debt extension without reopening government

House Speaker John Boehner says Republicans would vote to extend the government's ability to borrow money for six weeks, but the partial government shutdown would continue.

Thursday - 10/10/2013, 02:32pm EDT

VA prepares for still more furloughs as money runs out

Most workers in the Veterans Benefits Administration will be sidelined in the next few weeks if a shutdown continues. Funding for employees at the National Cemetery Administration will run out in the next few days.

Thursday - 10/10/2013, 06:15am EDT
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White House expects to fix military death benefit

White House expects fix for military death benefits denied because of government shutdown

Wednesday - 10/09/2013, 08:00pm EDT

Ruppersberger happy to see progress on Senate cybersecurity bill

Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.), ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee said the longer we wait on cybersecurity legislation, the worse it gets for cyber attacks on the U.S.

Wednesday - 10/09/2013, 06:11pm EDT
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House passes bill to pay 'essential' feds on time if shutdown continues

The House voted unanimously late Tuesday to pass the Federal Worker Pay Fairness Act. The bill, introduced by Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) Tuesday afternoon, ensures "essential" federal employees, who are working through the shutdown, are paid on time even if the government remains closed.

Tuesday - 10/08/2013, 03:25pm EDT

Back pay for furloughed workers slows in Senate

House-passed bill to deliver back pay for furloughed workers slows in Senate

Tuesday - 10/08/2013, 04:30am EDT

Senate Dems to try for debt ceiling increase

emocrats controlling the Senate plan to move quickly toward a vote to allow the government to borrow more money, challenging Republicans to a filibuster showdown as the time remaining to stop a first-ever default on U.S. obligations ticks by.

Tuesday - 10/08/2013, 04:28am EDT

Love you, hate you, go away, come back: Your marriage or your job?

Does the following set of statements best describe your marriage or your job: I love you. I hate you. Go away. Come back. If you work for Uncle Sam, the answer may be both, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tuesday - 10/08/2013, 02:00am EDT
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