Senate and House lawmakers said they have reached a tentative deal preventing another government shutdown on Friday night, The Washington Post reported Tuesday. Representatives from both chambers made the agreement after Democrats dropped some demands to limit immigrant detention. The lawmakers also settled and are denying full funding for President Trump’s proposed walls along the U.S.-Mexico border.Read More »
The Congressional Budget Office has released a report that assesses the effects of the five-week partial government shutdown on the federal budget and economy. CBO estimates that the partial shutdown resulted in the delay of federal discretionary spending worth approximately $18B for the procurement of goods and services, compensation and other government services, according to the report.Read More »
Former Homeland Security officials requested the Trump administration to end the ongoing partial government shutdown as it may soon put national security at risk and create other issues lasting years, The Hill reported Thursday. Jeh Johnson, former Homeland Security secretary under the Obama administration, described the shutdown as “a security crisis” that's causing stress, hardship and anxiety across federal agencies.Read More »
Dave Mihelcic, federal chief technology and strategy officer at Juniper Networks, has said the government shutdown could push potential new hires, technologists and other highly skilled employees to seek employment outside the federal government, Nextgov reported Friday. “If this shutdown goes for much longer, you could see some of those best, most employable [people] fleeing,” he told Nextgov.
A Wells Fargo Securities report says the ongoing government shutdown that hit the one-month mark Monday is hurting the U.S. economy and contractors that support federal agencies.Read More »
Sens. Tina Smith, D-Minn., Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Mark Warner, D-Va., Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., Ben Cardin, D-Md., and Tim Kaine, D-Va., plan to introduce a bill providing for the back pay of contractor employees who have not received salaries due to the government shutdown. The shutdown has reduced the work hours and pay of contractor workers such as janitors, food staff and security personnel in the government, Smith's office said Friday.Read More »
The federal government’s partial shutdown is slated to run for a third week, affecting around 800,000 government employees and resulting in potential cash-flow deficit for contractors, Federal Times reported Friday. Alan Chvotkin, executive vice president of the Professional Services Council, said a cash-flow shortage will result from contractors not getting paid by the government despite having workers needing to perform services under contract.Read More »
House Democrats passed two bills this week in a bid to end the partial government shutdown without funding President Trump’s border wall, New York Post reported Thursday. One bill would provide temporary budgeting to eight of the nine closed agencies until September, while another would fund the Department of Homeland Security until Feb. 8. However, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi noted the chamber will not support construction of Trump’s wall.Read More »