The U.S. Department of Agriculture will temporarily reopen almost half of its Farm Service Agency offices to provide certain services as the partial government shutdown wears on.The USDA said in a press release Wednesday it has recalled about 2,500 employees to open offices for three business days starting Thursday. Workers will be available to help process existing farm loans and tax documents, along with other limited services. RELATED: Take a look at the furloughed workers protesting during the shutdown: 16 PHOTOS Furloughed workers protest amid government shutdown See Gallery Furloughed workers protest amid government shutdown Union workers demonstrate in front of the White House against the government shutdown on January 10, 2019, in Washington, DC. - US President Donald Trump headed Thursday to the US-Mexico border to push his demand for a wall, a day after he walked out of negotiations with Democrats in a political crisis paralyzing the government. … [Read more...] about USDA calls employees back to work to help farmers
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The government shutdown is hurting the U.S. economy more than the Trump administration originally thought.“The Trump administration had initially estimated the shutdown would cost the economy 0.1 percentage point in growth every two weeks that employees were without pay,” Reuters reported. “But on Tuesday, there was an updated figure: 0.13 percentage points every week because of the impact of work left undone by 380,000 furloughed employees as well as work left aside by federal contractors,” a White House official said.In a statement to reporters, the official broke it down: “That includes the effect of work not done by 380,000 furloughed Federal workers (0.08 p.p. per week) plus the work not done by Federal contractors (0.05 p.p. per week),” the official said.Related: Furloughed workers protest amid government shutdown 16 PHOTOS Furloughed workers protest amid government shutdown See Gallery Furloughed workers protest amid … [Read more...] about Trump administration admits shutdown is more costly than expected
The nation's 42,000 active-duty Coast Guard members missed their scheduled paycheck Tuesday, as the only military branch to work without pay during the government shutdown.Because the Coast Guard is under the Department of Homeland Security, it is getting no funding during the shutdown. All other parts of the military are under the still-funded Department of Defense.Coast Guard members, reservists and retirees received checks on Dec. 31 as part of a short-term solution that gave them the remainder of their pay and allowances for December.But that quick fix did not extend to the Jan. 15 pay period. RELATED: Furloughed workers protest amid government shutdown 16 PHOTOS Furloughed workers protest amid government shutdown See Gallery Furloughed workers protest amid government shutdown Union workers demonstrate in front of the White House against the government shutdown on January 10, 2019, in Washington, DC. - US President Donald Trump headed Thursday to the … [Read more...] about 42,000 Coast Guard members miss paycheck due to government shutdown
Christopher Woody, provided by Published 1:20 pm CST, Monday, January 14, 2019 Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Images Patrick Shanahan arrived at the Pentagon in July 2017 with more than 30 years of experience at Boeing. It's not unusual for defense officials to have worked for private-sector defense firms for part of their career. But Shanahan's three decades at one of the largest defense contractors attracted scrutiny. The late Sen. John McCain, who chaired the Senate Armed Services Committee, expressed concern about an executive from one of the five firms that account for most of US defense spending taking a senior Pentagon post. "I have to have confidence that the fox is not going to be put back into the henhouse," McCain said during Shanahan's confirmation hearing. This month, as Shanahan took over the top Pentagon job after Jim Mattis' acrimonious departure, he said he would recuse himself from matters involving Boeing for the "duration of his service in the … [Read more...] about Trump’s new defense chief’s history as a Boeing executive is raising concerns, but he’s not the only one with deep military-industrial ties
Bob Bryan, provided by Published 11:30 am CST, Wednesday, January 9, 2019 Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Images President Donald Trump reiterated an argument about the wall along with the US-Mexico border during a primetime Oval Office speech. Trump argued that Mexico will pay for the border wall "indirectly" via the new US-Mexico-Canada trade deal. Most economists and trade experts say that is not the case. During a President Donald Trump's newest argument that Mexico would in fact paying for the proposed wall along the US-Mexico border has been rejected by experts and economists. During Trump's primetime Oval Office speech on Tuesday, the president reiterated an argument he has adopted during the fight leading up to and during the government shutdown. Mexico, he said, would pay for the wall through the new US-Mexico-Canada trade deal (USMCA), the newly renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). "The wall will also be paid for indirectly by the great new … [Read more...] about Trump claimed that Mexico will pay for the border wall ‘indirectly by the great new trade deal.’ That’s just not how it works.