The federal government shutdown may have seemed like a frustrating squabble in far-off Washington, but it crept into our lives in small, subtle ways — from missed vegetable inspections to inaccessible federal websites.
During the lead-up to a compromise by Senate leadership to end the partial government shutdown, more than a dozen senators came and went from Sen. Susan Collins’ office — the hub for the “Gang of 14″ pressing for a compromise to end the stalemate, reopen government and avert a Treasury default.
Lawmakers and strategists from the Republican Party’s establishment are lashing out at tea partyers and congressional conservatives whose unflinching demands triggered the 16-day partial government shutdown and sent the GOP’s popularity plunging to record lows.
Disruptions to some services for elderly American Indians and other needy residents of reservations could linger despite the end of the government shutdown, tribal officials said Thursday.
A day after most furloughed federal employees went back to work — and the popular “panda cam” was turned back on — the Smithsonian’s National Zoo is open to visitors again.
A group of House Republicans planning Senate campaigns next year took different bets on a bill in Congress ending a government shutdown and avoiding a default. For some, a general election loomed large while for others, the vote was a matter of competing for conservative primary voters.
Last night, as the House of Representatives were voting to end the 16-day government shutdown, things were briefly interrupted after a stenographer started to rant on the dais.
It took 16 days, but Congress approved a last-minute deal Wednesday to end the government shutdown and avoid a potential U.S. default.
The White House’s budget office says federal workers should expect to return to work Thursday morning as the partial government shutdown comes to an end.
The only member of Maryland’s congressional delegation to vote against raising the nation’s borrowing limit says he couldn’t support the measure because it doesn’t do anything to reduce the budget deficit this year or deficits in future years.