Billionaire and activist investor Bill Ackman took to Twitter to weigh in on the US government shutdown Friday. Ackman called for members of Congress to have their pay stopped during the shutdown, saying such a policy would end government shutdowns. It’s an unusual move for Ackman, who has only tweeted 15 times since debuting on the social media site in June 2017. Billionaire and activist investor Bill Ackman took to Twitter to weigh in on the US government shutdown, calling out Congress for getting paid while federal workers are not. “Why should members of the Congress be paid while workers for the Federal government go unpaid? If we fixed this inequity, we would no longer have government shutdowns,” Ackman, who heads hedge fund Pershing Square, tweeted to his 23,000 followers. Read more:Trump’s former chief of staff John Kelly tells president and Congress to end the government shutdown It’s an unusual move for Ackman, who has only tweeted 15 … [Read more...] about Hedge fund billionaire Bill Ackman calls for pay freeze in Congress to end government shutdown
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Grace Panetta, provided by Published 11:13 am CST, Wednesday, January 23, 2019 Alex Wong/Getty Images There are two known grand juries, one in Washington, DC and one in Virginia, tasked with hearing testimony and reviewing evidence in the Mueller probe. The proceedings of the grand juries are largely secret, but dozens of anonymous jurors have been behind all Mueller's indictments so far — and will be central to the investigation's work moving forward. Here's everything we know about how grand juries operate, the work of Mueller's grand juries, and how the process could be affected by the government shutdown. Beryl Howell, the federal judge overseeing the DC grand jury assigned to hear testimony and review evidence in the special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, recently extended the grand jury's original 18-month term for another six months, a sign the probe is moving full-speed ahead. So far, there are two known grand juries, one in DC … [Read more...] about Here’s how a grand jury works and why the government shutdown is affecting the grand juries in the Mueller investigation
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: Simon Wilson 12/01/2019 Donald Trump’s tangle with Congress over his promised border wall has led to US government agencies closing up shop. But does that matter much for America’s economy? Simon Wilson reports.What has happened? Since 22 December, the US federal government has been in partial shutdown after Congress refused to agree to $5.6bn in funding for President Trump’s long-promised wall along the Mexican border – a barrier regarded by Democrats as not merely a crazy waste of money, but also immoral. As MoneyWeek went to press, the Trump-imposed shutdown had lasted 19 days – the second-longest in US history. And if it continues until this weekend (and there’s every sign that it will), it will be the longest shutdown ever, surpassing the 21-day shutdown under Bill Clinton in December 1995 and January 1996. What’s a “partial” shutdown? In this case, only around a quarter of federal agencies are affected, … [Read more...] about What’s behind the US government shutdown?
Kate Taylor, provided by Published 10:09 am CST, Friday, January 11, 2019 Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images Columbia Sportswear ran a full-page ad in The Washington Post on Friday, calling for an end to the government shutdown and to "Make America's Parks Open Again." "Walls shouldn't block access to parks, and federal workers shouldn't be left out in the cold," Columbia CEO Tim Boyle is quoted in the ad. "Work together to open the parks." National parks have been plagued by garbage and feces overflow in recent weeks, absent of workers to clean toilets or pick up trash. Columbia Sportswear wants President Donald Trump to "Make America's Parks Open Again." On Friday, the outdoors clothing and gear company ran an ad in The Washington Post calling for an end to the government shutdown and not-so-subtly slamming Trump's immigration policies. "Walls shouldn't block access to parks, and federal workers shouldn't be left out in the cold," reads a quote from … [Read more...] about A sportswear company blasts the government shutdown in a full-page ad calling for Trump to ‘Make America’s Parks Open Again’