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April 12, 2011
Even in a town known for Kabuki theater, this one takes the kimono. "We want to avoid a shutdown," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. "No one wants the government to shut down," said House Speaker John Boehner. "There's no reason why we should have a government shutdown," said President Obama. If that were so, a government shutdown would have been averted weeks before it was. If negotiators were driven by logic, the possibility of a shutdown never would have arisen.
NEWS
July 4, 2007 | By Mario F. Cattabiani, Inquirer Staff Writer
HARRISBURG - Preparing for a partial state government shutdown, the Rendell administration began sending furlough notices yesterday to about 25,000 state workers, telling them not to show up for work on Monday unless the budget impasse is resolved. That would mean that a host of government services and sites - from state parks to driver's license centers and casinos - would close. "As much as I don't like the fact that someone who works for the state would lose a week or two weeks of salary . . . I think there are issues that are on the table that are important to the quality of life of 12½ million Pennsylvanians," Gov. Rendell told reporters at a Capitol news conference yesterday afternoon.
NEWS
June 12, 2010
TRENTON - Gov. Christie has ordered cabinet members to begin planning for a government shutdown in case the state budget is not approved by the July 1 deadline. The memo directs department heads to identify essential functions and personnel. The Newark Star-Ledger obtained a copy of the memo, distributed Friday. Christie has proposed a $29.3 billion budget with sweeping spending cuts. Democrats, who control the Legislature, have been negotiating to restore some cuts. While the memo says the administration is confident the budget process will be successful, Christie spokesman Michael Drewniak said the governor's office was preparing for all possible outcomes.
NEWS
April 7, 2011 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
Federal government shutdowns since 1980: -Dec. 15, 1995-Jan. 6, 1996: Longest government shutdown. Some government benefit checks are delayed. -Nov. 13-19, 1995: Partial government shutdown; nearly 800,000 workers furloughed. -Oct. 5-9, 1990: Columbus Day weekend shutdown when conservative Republicans initially refuse to accept a budget compromise negotiated by President George H.W. Bush that raised taxes, in violation of his "no new taxes" campaign pledge. -Dec.
NEWS
January 31, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai and Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Staff Writers
TRENTON State Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester) said Wednesday that he would shut down the government if Gov. Christie does not publicly commit to fulfilling the state's pension obligations in this year's budget. "If I have to shut the government down, I will," Sweeney, the top elected Democrat in state government, said in an interview with The Inquirer. "When the governor hands us a budget, it has to have that pension payment in it. " Christie is to present his annual budget in February.
NEWS
April 6, 2011 | By WILL BUNCH, bunchw@phillynews.com 215-854-2957
What do you get when the American electorate cooks up progressive change in the 2008 election, then throws in a large dose of angry conservative backlash in 2010, spiked with tea? A recipe for gridlock, that's what. This week, the irresistible force of House Republicans who swept to power last fall promising deep federal spending cuts and the immovable object of Democrats in the Senate and White House who think such draconian measures will kill the economic recovery are on an unavoidable collision course.
NEWS
April 9, 2011 | Associated Press
WASHINGTON - The federal government lurched toward a shutdown for the first time in 15 years last night as President Obama and congressional leaders groped for a last-minute compromise to cut tens of billions in federal spending and end the impasse. Republicans placed the House on standby for a late-night vote in case a decision was made to pass a stopgap bill to keep the government running for a few days to allow more time for negotiations on a final budget package. The administration readied hundreds of thousands of furlough notices for federal workers and warned that federal services from national parks to tax-season help centers would be shuttered without a deal by midnight.
NEWS
October 6, 1990 | By David Hess, Inquirer Washington Bureau The Washington Post contributed to this article
President Bush shut down all but essential services of the government early today after the government technically ran out of money because he refused to sign emergency legislation passed by Congress last night to continue normal federal operations. The brunt of the government shutdown was not expected to be felt by the public until Tuesday because of a federal holiday on Monday. When the effects do start, commercial air traffic will face delays, and nighttime flights will be canceled because the National Weather Service will no longer provide forecasts after dark.
NEWS
October 16, 2013 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
A liberal group based in Harrisburg will fan out across the state and into the Philadelphia suburbs Tuesday to try to put pressure on Republicans in Congress toward ending the federal government shutdown. Michael Morrill, executive director of Keystone Progress, said hundreds of people will place "cease and desist" posters outside the district offices of House Republicans, placing the blame on them. The National Republican Congressional Committee has called the protest a partisan stunt that ignores efforts by Pennsylvania's GOP House members to end the impasse.
NEWS
April 6, 2011 | By Jeff Gammage, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
If the government shuts down after Friday, your mail will still be delivered. So will Social Security checks. But you can forget about visiting the Liberty Bell, or Independence Hall, because national parks will close. You can continue to defend yourself if you should happen to be on trial - federal courts will stay open, at least for a couple of weeks. But the IRS will stop processing paper tax returns. And if you should be waiting for a loan from the Small Business Administration, well, the check is not going to be in the mail.
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BUSINESS
March 1, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
If the Department of Homeland Security shuts down at midnight because of lack of budget funding, the majority of employees working for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will still come to work. Screening officers at security checkpoints at Philadelphia International Airport will remain on the job, said TSA spokesman Michael McCarthy. "As a counterterrorism organization, our dedicated and professional workforce will - in the event of a shutdown - continue to secure our nation's transportation systems, without pay, just as they did during the government shutdown of 2013," said TSA acting administrator Melvin Carraway.
NEWS
January 31, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai and Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Staff Writers
TRENTON State Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester) said Wednesday that he would shut down the government if Gov. Christie does not publicly commit to fulfilling the state's pension obligations in this year's budget. "If I have to shut the government down, I will," Sweeney, the top elected Democrat in state government, said in an interview with The Inquirer. "When the governor hands us a budget, it has to have that pension payment in it. " Christie is to present his annual budget in February.
NEWS
November 10, 2013 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Wall Street reacted positively to the Department of Labor's jobs report Friday, with the Dow Jones industrial average closing at an all-time high. The report, showing an increase of 212,000 private-sector jobs, was better than expected given the federal government shutdown in October. "There was no impact from the shutdown," said Mark Zandi, chief economist with Moody's Analytics in West Chester. "I would have expected to see some of the shutdown's fingerprints on the report, and I didn't.
NEWS
November 6, 2013
All we are saying Is give peace a chance. - John Lennon That's the message Chris Christie hopes to spread across the country today with a predicted double-digit victory in his bid to remain New Jersey's governor and boost an expected presidential run. The Republican hopes to take enough Democratic votes from challenger Barbara Buono to prove he's a moderate who can stop the partisan fighting that has crippled Washington's ability...
SPORTS
October 28, 2013 | By Jen A. Miller, For The Inquirer
Karen Bondi of Newtown was all set to run the Jersey Shore Half Marathon on Oct. 6 when she got a rude surprise: an e-mail telling her the race had been canceled. "I totally forgot that it was being held in a government-run park," she said. That park was Gateway National Park in Sandy Hook, N.J. And since it's a federal park that was closed during the federal government shutdown, the race organizers didn't have any options: They were forced to shut down the race, too. A canceled race can clutch at a runner's well-trained heart - and they're not that uncommon.
NEWS
October 24, 2013 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - The political pendulum swung again for Pat Toomey last week. Cheered by the left and chided by the right for his stance on gun laws in the spring, Pennsylvania's Republican senator saw those reactions reversed last week when he sided with GOP hard-liners at the end of the government shutdown. On a high-profile vote to reopen the government and allow more borrowing to pay its bills, Toomey sided with Ted Cruz and the Senate's most conservative bloc to oppose the bipartisan deal.
NEWS
October 22, 2013
Stronger than floods A recent field trip run by the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership, city and state agencies, and civic groups surveyed various green storm-water infrastructure practices designed to help curtail flooding, water contamination, sewer overflows, blight, and groundwater depletion. We saw depaving projects, sizable planters, tree trenches, porous concrete, and extensive garden rain-filtration efforts, in addition to underground holding tanks among other best practices.
NEWS
October 19, 2013 | By Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writer
WRIGHTSTOWN There were welcome signs of relief in this tiny South Jersey military community Thursday that the government shutdown was finally over. There was a steady stream of cars pulling into the Liberty gas station, beginning with the morning rush, about 6:45. By late afternoon, it was pretty much business as usual. At other businesses near the gate of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, there was a noticeable uptick with the return of federal civilian workers. "It was a tough three weeks.
NEWS
October 18, 2013 | By Barbara Boyer, Andrew Seidman, Jan Hefler, and Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writers
At local polling places Wednesday, there were Booker voters and Lonegan voters and at least one Stackhouse voter, but some said they would rather not be voting at all in the middle of October, with the November general election just weeks away. They questioned the cost of the separate special election to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg's death, and they expressed concern that many polling stations were in schools where classes were in session. With the weeks-long federal government shutdown on their minds, though it seemed to be coming to an end, some also expressed disgust with all politics.
NEWS
October 18, 2013
FURLOUGHED FEDERAL workers have been promised that they will be paid for time lost during the government shutdown. Even so, let me offer some advice to those people with jobs they thought were secure. Do what you can, as soon as you can, to create an emergency fund. Make it a priority. Yes, you've heard this before. Yet here we are again, and workers across the country, including nonfederal employees and government contractors whose incomes were also affected by the shutdown, are feeling the financial pain after missing one paycheck or getting just a partial paycheck.
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