By Washington Post | [email protected] | PUBLISHED: January 9, 2019 at 11:26 am | UPDATED: January 9, 2019 at 11:31 am By Laurie McGinley and Joel Achenbach, The Washington Post The furloughing of hundreds of Food and Drug Administration inspectors has sharply reduced inspections of the nation’s food supply – one of many repercussions of the partial government shutdown that make Americans potentially less safe. The agency, which oversees 80 percent of the food supply, has suspended all routine inspections of domestic food-processing facilities, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in an interview. He said he’s working on a plan to bring back inspectors as early as next week to resume inspections of high-risk facilities, which handle foods such as soft cheese or seafood, or have a history of problems. “We are doing what we can to mitigate any risk to consumers through the shutdown,” Gottlieb said. The Center for Science in the Public Interest, a nonprofit … [Read more...] about FDA inspectors, furloughed in shutdown, put food safety at risk
This weekend, the Philadelphia's Franklin Institute is offering free admission to federal employees. The deal extends to all eligible workers impacted by the partial government shutdown, plus three guests.Wednesday marks day 19 of the shutdown. The longest in U.S. history is 21 days.According to the New York Times, the shutdown is affecting 800,000 federal employees.At the Franklin Institute, visitors will be asked to show their government ID at the museum ticketing desk on Saturday and Sunday to receive free admission.The science museum includes exhibits on the brain, space, electricity, sports and more. Admission to the special exhibit "Vikings: Beyond the Legend" and all IMAX films will be a separate fee.Normally, general admission to the Franklin Institute is $23 for adults and $19 for children. The museum is open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.Free Admission for Federal EmployeesSaturday, Jan. 12, through Sunday, Jan. 13222 N. 20th St., Philadelphia, PA 19103 Follow Sinéad … [Read more...] about Franklin Institute offering free admission to federal workers this weekend
Susan Selasky Detroit Free Press Published 10:46 AM EST Jan 9, 2019 The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Tuesday that its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, commonly known as food stamps, will continue through February despite the government shutdown. The department said SNAP benefits will be provided through a continuing resolution, a temporary measure to maintain funding for government departments, agencies and programs. “We will rely on a provision of the CR that just expired that allows the federal government to make obligated payments within 30 days of the expiration of the CR,” said U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. “We will be reaching out to states to instruct them to request early issuance of SNAP benefits for February.” An early issuance means that states can apply for their benefits early. It's typically used in “disaster situations such as hurricanes,” Perdue … [Read more...] about Government shutdown: Food stamps ]to continue through Feb.
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper DealBook | DealBook Briefing: Feeling the Bite of the Government Shutdown DealBook Supported by Jan. 9, 2019 Good Wednesday morning. Want this by email? Sign up here . The pain of the government shutdown is showing President Trump escalated the border wall fight in a televised speech last night, at the cost of leaving the government partly closed. He criticized political opponents for blocking the wall, although Democrats have offered $1.3 billion for border security measures like surveillance and fencing. The effects of the shutdown have begun to ripple across the economy, with mortgage applications delayed or canceled, public companies unable to complete deals and the well running dry for many federal employees. • Payday would have come this week for many of the 800,000 federal workers affected. With no … [Read more...] about DealBook Briefing: Feeling the Bite of the Government Shutdown
NerdWallet Published 5:00 am CST, Wednesday, January 9, 2019 This article was first published on NerdWallet.com. When you have a pile of bills and no paycheck, address the essentials first. That means the roof over your head, medicine, food, heat, electricity and — for those who still must report to jobs despite a government shutdown — getting to work. What can wait? Almost everything else. Communicating with creditors is key to surviving a federal government shutdown and recovering afterward. Here’s a guide to navigating the process if a furlough for federal workers has hit your household. How to deal with creditors Missing one payment on a credit account — such as a credit card, mortgage, auto loan or personal loan — can knock as much as 100 points off your credit score, and it can take up to three years to fully recover. Sometimes there’s no way to avoid that, but it’s worth asking lenders if they have programs … [Read more...] about How to Stay Afloat Financially in a Federal Shutdown