The federal government shutdown is in its 33rd day. Many federal employees have now gone an entire month without a paycheck, despite many of them still being mandated to show up for work or risk termination. To help ease the sting of this record-breaking shutdown, a number of companies have stepped forward to donate food and other goods and services to the federal employees affected by it. The US federal government shutdown that began on December 22, 2018 has far surpassed the previous record for the longest such lockout, a 21-day affair that spanned from December of 1995 into January of the following year. And with no sure end in sight, the current shutdown will likely keep tacking on days for some time yet. Approximately 800,000 federal employees are going without paychecks during this shutdown – for reference, that’s a number larger than the population of the states of North Dakota, Alaska, Vermont, and Wyoming. Of those 800,000, most are still working. About … [Read more...] about These companies are giving away free food and services to federal employees affected by the government shutdown
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Trump has cancelled the US delegation to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, as the country remains frozen by the longest government shutdown in American history. "Out of consideration for the 800,000 great American workers not receiving pay and to ensure his team can assist as needed, President Trump has cancelled his Delegation's trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland," press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement late Thursday. But what is a US government shutdown and how bad is it hurting the government? Euronews answers your most pressing questions about the political deadlock in Washington. What is a government shutdown? In US politics, a government shutdown occurs when Congress fails to pass a bill providing federal funds to government agencies or programmes. When this type of scenario occurs, US law dictates that the government begin a “shutdown” of the affected activities and give a temporary leave of absence to non-essential … [Read more...] about Why is the US in a ‘government shutdown’ and what does that mean?
By Associated Press | PUBLISHED: January 14, 2019 at 12:33 pm | UPDATED: January 14, 2019 at 12:49 pm By JIM HAND REHOBOTH, Mass. (AP) — Steffen Johnson plans to file his application for a brewery license with the federal government Friday, but the permitting agency is closed due to the budget stalemate in Washington. His lawyer tells him there are hundreds of applications piling up at the agency as employees have been furloughed by the partial government shutdown that has closed 11 departments. Johnson and his Anawan Brewing Company are not alone. He said 37 breweries were scheduled to open in Massachusetts this year and need licenses. Established breweries that also distribute beer need approval to start new labels. The agency that issues the licenses, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, is a part of the Treasury Department, one of the closed departments. “I’m at the mercy of the shutdown,” Johnson said. Even if the bureau opens soon, the number … [Read more...] about Plans for brewery stymied by federal government shutdown
The bid for the Joint Enterprise Defence Infrastructure (JEDI) contract, a $US10 billion cloud contract with the Pentagon that cloud giants are competing for, might potentially be delayed because of the government shutdown, some analysts say. Since the Department of Defence wasn’t closed from the shutdown, there won’t be a direct impact on the JEDI race. However, the shutdown could affect government cybersecurity, the ability of companies to obtain government security certifications, and the timing of the winner’s announcement. Three weeks have already passed since the government shutdown began, tying it for the longest shutdown in history. While Congress tries to settle the standoff, there’s one thing that cloud giants may have to worry about. There’s a race for a $US10 billion cloud contract with the Pentagon called the Joint Enterprise Defence Infrastructure (JEDI) contract, and it’s a winner-take-all competition between Amazon, Microsoft, … [Read more...] about There’s a race for a $10 billion Pentagon cloud contract underway. Here’s how the government shutdown could affect it
The federal government is unable to pay some of its water bill to the city of Washington, DC, due to the federal government shutdown. DC Water officials joked about cutting off the White House’s water due to the delinquency on Tuesday, according to local radio station WAMU. A DC Water spokesperson told WAMU that the utility has the right to cut off any customers water after 30 days of nonpayment, but that it is a final resort and unlikely to actually happen to the White House. The government shutdown could quite literally leave President Donald Trump and the White House high and dry. According to WAMU, a local radio station, DC Water officials joked about cutting off the White House’s water supply during a meeting on Tuesday, due to the federal government’s inability to pay its full bill. Matthew Brown, chief financial officer at DC Water, told members at their meeting that the Treasury Department informed the board that $US5 million of the federal … [Read more...] about Local officials in Washington, DC, joked about cutting off the White House’s running water after the shutdown forced the federal government to delay paying its bill