During the recent monthlong US government shutdown, national parks like Joshua Tree were trashed and vandalised. But when I visited Joshua Tree for the first time this month, the park looked picture-perfect. An expert explained to me that for the local ecosystem, this kind of damage can take hundreds of years to replace. The damage done to the iconic Joshua Tree National Park during the recent, month-long government shutdown captivated and horrified many people. I was one of them. And as a frequent visitor to US national parks, I was planning a trip to Joshua Tree just weeks after the shutdown ended. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect there. After all, vandals had reportedly knocked down Joshua trees and sprayed graffiti. And with few park staff on duty, public toilets filled and visitors reportedly scattered trash. It could take hundreds of years for the park to recover, a former Joshua Tree superintendent even said. Yet when I visited this month for the first time, … [Read more...] about I went to Joshua Tree after the government shutdown. Even though it looked picture-perfect, it could actually take the park 300 years to recover from the damage.
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By Andy Pasztor WSJ Tues., Jan. 29, 2019 Southwest Airlines Co. benefited from an unusual deal with federal aviation regulators during the recent partial government shutdown: The carrier agreed to cover the cost of briefly recalling a furloughed safety inspector to sign off on putting three new jets into service. The arrangement, which hasn’t been reported before, called for a $3,150 payment and three hours of administrative office time, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said Tuesday. He also said that senior FAA officials issued the order after agency managers and lawyers struck the agreement and determined most of the work had been completed before the shutdown. The move complied with laws and regulations restricting agency functions while the budget impasse dragged on, he said. Union officials complained that they weren’t consulted as required, and that the arrangement appeared to represent favorable treatment for Southwest at the expense … [Read more...] about Southwest Agreed to Pay FAA for Inspector’s Time During Government Shutdown
The US partial government shutdown began on Saturday, December 22. The shutdown has affected the lives of Americans in many ways, including unusually long lines at airports across the country.Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents are essential employees so they must continue working without pay, but many have been calling out sick. Airports are dealing with massive lines due to the government shutdown. The shutdown began on Saturday, December 22. TSA employees are part of the government, so they're affected and working without pay.But TSA staffers are calling out of work. At Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), the call-out rate has increased by as much as 300%. A rep for the TSA workers union says they aren't calling out intentionally. The TSA staffers simply can't afford to get to work. 10 PHOTOS Foods you should never buy at the airport See Gallery Foods you should never buy at the airport Soft pretzels “A big old soft pretzel is … [Read more...] about Airports are dealing with massive lines during the government shutdown
Big Three ratings agency Fitch warned that the continuing government shutdown puts the US at risk of losing its “AAA” credit rating in the near future. James McCormack, Fitch’s global head of sovereign ratings, made the warning at an event in London Wednesday. The US has only been downgraded by a major ratings agency once before, during the 2011 debt-ceiling crisis. Fitch, one of the “Big Three” ratings agencies, has warned that the continued government shutdown puts the US at risk of losing its “AAA” credit rating in the near future. Speaking in London Wednesday, James McCormack, Fitch’s global head of sovereign ratings said that if the government shutdown continues long enough to push the US into hitting its debt ceiling, that could lead to a downgrade, something that has only happened once before. “If this shutdown continues to March 1 and the debt ceiling becomes a problem several months later, we may need to start … [Read more...] about The government shutdown threatens the US with a credit-rating cut for only the 2nd time in history
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