Having failed to persuade their traditional Republican allies in Congress to avert a government shutdown, business leaders fear bigger problems ahead, and they’re taking sides with a Democratic president whose health care and regulatory agenda they have vigorously opposed.
The 9:30 Club is trying turn lemons into lemonade for federal workers furloughed during the government shutdown.
The Washington region is expected to lose $220 million per day in federal payroll while the government is closed, said Stephen Fuller, director of George Mason University’s Center for Regional Analysis.
Ford’s Theatre may have to postpone its run of “The Laramie Project” because the play is being forced out of the theater during the government shutdown.
Tuesday was rigging day. The day that two groups of people from across the country would be in Arizona inflating rafts to launch on the Colorado River, loading food and camping gear, and strapping it all down so it doesn’t end up in the water.
Instead, the groups of 16 people each camped out at a lodge near Lees Ferry unable to get into Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and close to the water. With the federal government shutdown, their Wednesday launch dates on one of the most coveted river trips in the country — through the Grand Canyon — appears unlikely.
If you live in D.C., Maryland or Virginia, here is a comprehensive list of your Congress members, their contact information and links to their social media pages and websites so you can get in touch with them and/or see what they’re saying about the shutdown:
There’s at least one constant in a government shutdown: The 532 members of Congress continue to be paid — at a cost of $10,583.85 per hour to taxpayers.
Some Washington-area businesses are trying to take advantage of the government shutdown by offering deals and discounts to federal workers.
Members of the Armed Forces will still be paid in the partial government shutdown, but their food bills could soar if Washington’s political brinksmanship drags on.
A group of veterans walked past barriers at the closed World War II memorial with help from members of Congress.