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As government shuts down, Obama focuses on military, says he'll push Congress to act soon
First shutdown in 17 years: Senate and House rejected each other's plans as deadline neared
For thousands of federal employees who head to work today, it won't be to execute their agencies' missions, but to shut down their computers, fill out a timesheet and, in some cases, hand over their BlackBerry smartphones. Here are four things feds should know as they prepare for the first government shutdown in more than 17 years.
If they ever make a movie or TV sitcom about Congress, they might consider calling it something like "The Wizards of Oooze". And nobody knows why better than feds on the brink of the cliff, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.
Here we go again: What impact will Washington's budget fights have on the US economy?
From Founding Fathers to Newt Gingrich, many characters in history of US federal shutdowns
With less than 48 hours to avert a government shutdown, Democrats, Republicans trade blame
Health care law protected in government shutdown; uninsured would still get covered
Top Senate Democrat says his chamber will reject House GOP plans to delay, change Obamacare
Hagel calls threat of govt shutdown 'shortsighted' warns of US becoming 'ungovernable country'
Shutdown drama: Senate votes to avert it, but duel with House extending into the weekend
Despite coming close in 2011, a government shutdown hasn't occurred since 1996. Frank Reeder, who was director of the Office of Administration of the White House in the Clinton administration at the time, said one of the most challenging aspects was managing the morale of the federal workforce.
Federal employees began learning Friday whether they'll be forced to stay home if the government shuts down next week. Supervisors were tasked with informally telling employees today whether they are classified as "essential" or "nonessential," according to several federal-employee unions briefed by the Obama administration. Congress is prepared to work through the weekend, but the clock is ticking down for lawmakers to agree on a funding bill keeping the lights on at agencies beyond Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year.
A government shutdown could furlough 800,000 federal employees. The shutdown could hit as early as Tuesday if a bitterly divided Congress fails to approve a temporary spending bill to keep the government running.
Government shutdown in sight? House GOP nixes stopgap bill if it fails to defund Obamacare
In politics, as in football, sometimes the best move is to punt. And even if you are not a sports fan or political junkie consider what Congress and the Washington football team have in common: So far this season both are losers. The difference is the football team is bound to win one while Congress keeps failing to score and punting, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.
The cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service says it can return to being profitable and begin to pay down its debt if Congress gives it the authority to overhaul its health benefits structure. Postmaster General Pat Donahoe told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Thursday that launching a postal-specific health care plan would help save the agency $8 billion annually through 2016.
Postmaster says given money woes, his agency had no choice but to ask for price increase
Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) has put confirmation of Deborah Lee James on hold until she gets answers about possible cuts to the A-10 Thunderbolt attack fighter fleet.
US borrowing authority to be exhausted by Oct. 17, Treasury says