Trump to Sign Border Deal but Also Declare National Emergency

As of Thursday, President Trump will sign the latest border deal and simultaneously declare a national emergency. Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, backs the President in his declaration. Other Republicans such as Sen. Susan Collins, Sen. Rand Paul, and Sen. Lisa Murkowski are not in favor of Trump declaring a national emergency. Rep. Mark MeadowsRead More

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Details on the Latest Government Funding Deal

As temporary funding to keep the government open dwindles, lawmakers must decide on a bipartisan deal to secure the budget for the rest of the fiscal year. This deal was painstakingly crafted after a stalemate in talks over the weekend. The deal consists of seven funding bills for respective departments, $1.375 billion to build 55Read More

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The Green New Deal Takes a Hard Stance Against Climate Change

A joint resolution is being championed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.). The legislative scheme will take place over the course of ten years and will phase out fossil fuel use. It takes up 14 pages and details how the switch to zero-emission and 100% renewable energy sources will occur. ImplementingRead More

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Government Reopened at Last

The government was partially closed for 35 days. After conceding to a cancellation of the State of the Union, President Trump signed a bill to reopen the government for three weeks. Federal workers will not miss another paycheck. The bill does not include border wall funding but Congress voted in favor of a bipartisan, bicameralRead More

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Someone Blinked and State of the Union is Canceled

Many are starting to doubt whether the border barrier is worth the government shutdown. On Tuesday and Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) blocked House Democrats efforts to floor bills, specifically two House bills. On Tuesday, McConnell blocked a House bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security through February 8. On Wednesday, McConnellRead More

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Shutdown and Trade Wars Affect Global Economy

Business, government, and non-profit leaders gathered at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland are concerned about a host of issues. Yet, most of them are primarily concerned with the lack of global growth. The slowdown is most evident in countries like China and Germany affected by US trade tariffs. China’s economy, the second biggestRead More

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The Shuttered Government’s Negative Impact on Federal Prisons

Federal prisons are deteriorating as the government shutdown drags on. Correctional officers have been working without pay and they are among those paid the least out of all other law enforcement employees. As a result, many cannot report to work because they cannot afford childcare, are protesting the shutdown, or are working other jobs, andRead More

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President’s “Non-Starter” Deal Will Not End Shutdown

This week, shutdown polls showed the American public blame President Trump for the government shutdown. To divert Americans’ attention elsewhere, President Trump tried to make a deal with Democrats on Saturday. Among other elements, the deal consists of three years’ legislative relief to DACA recipients and a three-year extension of temporary protected status for 300,000Read More

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Congressional Democrats Refuse Trump’s Invitation to Discuss Shutdown

Moderate Democrats were invited to have lunch with President Trump and House Republicans on Tuesday. Reps. J. Luis Correa (D-Calif.), Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.), Abigail Spanberger (D- Va.), and Rep. Charlie Crist (D-Fla.) were invited to the lunch. Two are leaders of the centrist Blue Dog Coalition. These Democrats, suspecting they will be used as pawnsRead More

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As Government Closure Continues, TSA Agents Call in Sick

TSA employees are part of the 400,000+ working without pay as a result of the partial government shutdown. Numerous airport screeners are calling in sick and not reporting to work. Consequently, security checkpoints have longer, slower lines. TSA agents, air traffic controllers, and customs and immigration officials are all required to work without pay. Factually,Read More

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