Shutdown: What comes next

Shutdown: What comes next



Shutdown: What comes next
























SHUTDOWN WATCH

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The effects of the ongoing partial lapse in government funding continue to mount, but placing them on a calendar remains difficult. Some agencies, including the federal courts, have dug deep to locate funds to keep day-to-day operations running and their workers paid. Others have almost completely shut down. Here are some key dates to remember:

Shutdown started

💵 Federal pay date

💵 Coast Guard pay date

Thousands of workers recalled

Thousands of Internal Revenue Service, Food and Drug Administration and Federal Aviation Administration employees were recalled from furlough to work without pay to process tax returns and conduct food and airline safety.

Final food stamps payment for now

Food stamps will be paid through February, but in order to get funds, states will have to pay February payments early, by or before January 20, which could create confusion for recipients who receive an abnormally large payment that is intended to last an extra month.

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefit recipients in 2018: 40.3 million
  • Total benefits paid through SNAP in 2018: 60.6 billion
  • Monthly benefits paid (as of September 2018): About $4.8 billion
  • Average monthly benefit per person: $125.25

💵 Federal pay date

Federal courts run out of money

US federal courts will run out of operating money on Friday, January 25, according to a statement from their administrative office. Court offices had been able to stay operational by halting some services, suspending hirings and more. They have twice extended the date at which they’ll run out of money after previously setting January 11 and January 18. Now, the courts say that after January 18, they will have to furlough some employees and declare others essential under the Anti-Deficiency Act, which is a federal law that prohibits the government from spending money that isn’t appropriated by Congress. Criminal cases are expected to continue despite a lapse in funds, but many federal courts have already begun delaying civil cases involving the federal government. It’s not clear if possible furloughs would affect any other court operations or deadlines.

  • Number of federal courts: 94 district courts, 13 circuit courts
  • Civil cases filed in federal courts in 2018 (not counting appeals): 282,936
  • Bankruptcy cases filed in federal courts in 2018: 773,375

Tax returns will go out

The IRS has pledged to recall furloughed workers and to begin accepting tax filings on schedule on January 28. Their goal is to honor Tax Day on April 15 and to pay tax refunds on time. If the shutdown continues and those many thousands of IRS workers are recalled from furlough, they’ll be entering their second month without a paycheck.

  • Tax filings collected in 2018 spring filing season (excluding extensions): 136,359,149

GDP report could be incomplete or delayed

It’s unlikely the Bureau of Economic Analysis will be able to publish the gross domestic product (GDP) report due on January 30 if the shutdown continues. It would cover the fourth quarter of 2018. The agency, which is housed under the Commerce Department, hasn’t issued any new reports since the shutdown began, including one on the US trade deficit. A number of financial reports have been affected, including, as two examples, a January 11 Department of Agriculture report on markets, a trade report on the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement that could delay its consideration by Congress.

Federal housing assistance contracts are expiring

The federal government helps fund low income housing through project-based rental assistance contracts.There are many of thousands of these nationwide and the contracts with landlords are expiring on a rolling basis. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has asked landlords to dip into reserve funds for the time being. An advocacy network has mapped where the contracts are expiring.

  • People living in Section 8 contract-subsidized housing (2017): 1.2 million households
  • Average household income: $12,505
  • Average monthly HUD expenditure: $769

💵 Coast Guard pay date

💵 Federal pay date

Financial statements for companies waiting on the Securities and Exchange Commission for an initial public offering (IPO) are no longer valid. This could affect Uber and Lyft.

FDA drug review operations

The Food and Drug Administration has roughly five weeks of funding left to review new drug applications during the shutdown, FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said on Twitter.

Experts say this could have a ripple effect, bogging down the approval and manufacture of new drugs, delaying patients from getting new treatments and adding to a host of other crucial FDA actions and oversight that have taken a hit during the shutdown.

School lunches

In addition to paying food stamps early, Agriculture Department funds to states to fund school lunch programs through March.



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Theresa May's Brexit deal faces vote in Parliament: Live updates

Theresa May faces no-confidence vote after Brexit plan defeat — live


Gina Miller’s lawsuit made the meaningful vote possible.

Gina Miller, the lawyer and anti-Brexit campaigner whose lawsuit forced last night’s meaningful vote to take place, tells CNN a second referendum is becoming more likely.

“But we’re not there yet,” she adds. “We need to knock out all the parliamentary options first.

“We are still at an impasse — irrespective of how momentous the loss was for Mrs May last night, it hasn’t really changed anything in the House.”

Miller is calling on the opposition Labour Party to back the campaign for a second referendum.

“If the front bench in Labour back a second referendum, then it will happen. That will be a seismic change,” she says. “Unless the Labour Party move, we could be seeing two, three, four weeks of chaos and impasse as the clock keeps ticking.”

A majority of Labour’s members support a second referendum, according to several opinion polls, but the party “needs to check in with the real-time will of the people,” Miller said, calling them “irresponsible” if they don’t do so.



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Theresa May's Brexit deal faces vote in Parliament: Live updates

Theresa May’s Brexit deal faces vote in Parliament: Live updates


Theresa May faces an uphill battle to convince MPs to back her deal.

Before you strap yourself in for today’s Brexit ride, read Jane Merrick’s analysis of how today’s “meaningful vote” could pan out:

Shortly after 7 p.m. Tuesday evening, British MPs face a choice that will affect the country’s 66 million citizens for many years to come.

They will either vote to support Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal, negotiated with the European Union, and set the country on its final road to leaving the EU on March 29. Or they will vote against it, leaving the UK Parliament, and the country, in the state of limbo it has inhabited for two-and-a-half years.

By every calculation and prediction, May will lose the vote. Her ruling Conservative Party and its ally, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), hold a bare majority in the 650-seat Parliament, but some estimates predict May’s Brexit bill could be defeated by more than 100 votes.

On the opposition benches, the Labour Party, led by Jeremy Corbyn, will demand a general election if May’s bill fails, hoping to pave the way for fresh talks between a new government and the EU.



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The border wall and the cascade of false claims as Trump makes his case for a crisis

Live updates: President Trump visits the border


Sister Norma Pimentel, executive director of a Catholic Charities relief center, greets immigrants recently released from detention through ‘catch and release’ immigration policy at the centre on June 17, 2018 in McAllen, Texas.

The “Pope’s favorite nun” Sister Norma Pimentel will be participating in roundtable with President Trump in Rio Grande this afternoon, according to her spokesperson.

Pimentel’s spokesperson Brenda Riojas Nettles said her message will be: “What it always is, taking care of the people in front of her.”

Pimentel wrote an op-ed addressed to Trump on Jan. 9, in which she said “regardless of who we are and where we came from, we remain part of the human family and are called to live in solidarity with one another.”

In 2015, Pope Francis personally thanked Pimentel for her work on the border, saying “I want to thank you.”

“And through you to thank all the sisters of religious orders in the US for the work that you have done and that you do in the United States. It’s great. I congratulate you. Be courageous. Move forward.”

Then the Pope, 78, said something she could never have imagined: “I’ll tell you one other thing. Is it inappropriate for the Pope to say this? I love you all very much.“



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Live updates: Trump to give speech tonight

Live updates: Trump to give speech tonight


Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday misleadingly claimed that nearly 4,000 “known or suspected terrorists” were caught trying to enter the US as he made the Trump administration’s push for a southern border wall.

“Nearly 4,000 known or suspected terrorists were apprehended attempting to come into the United States through various means in the last year,” Pence said on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

But here’s the thing: That number, however, is deeply misleading as justification for a wall on the southern border.

According to a senior administration official familiar with Customs and Border Protection data, just 12 non-US citizens on the terror watch were encountered on the southern border between October 2017 and October 2018.

That data concerns individuals attempting to travel to the US by air, sea or land, and includes those who made efforts to obtain visas from embassies and consulates around the world.

In July 2017, the State Department said there was “no credible information that any member of a terrorist group has traveled through Mexico to gain access to the United States.” The vast majority of those 4,000 individuals attempted to enter by air.

CLARIFICATION: This post has been updated to reflect that the individuals encountered at the border on the terror watchlist were non-US citizens.



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Live updates: The 2019 Golden Globes

Live updates: The 2019 Golden Globes


Her show is nominated for best drama this year and Holly Taylor understands why fans are intrigued with “The Americans,” given the current political climate.

“I think that sometimes it’s eerily relevant,” Taylor told CNN on the red carpet for the 76th Golden Globe Awards.

The 21-year-old actress plays Paige Jennings, a young woman whose parents seem to be living the American dream but are actually Russian spies.

Taylor said of course no one could plan to have a show about the Cold War at the same time there is heightened talk about current US-Russia ties, but she thinks the audience has drawn their own parallels.

The series has ended, but Taylor talked about what she took away from her time with real life couple Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell, who played her parents.

“I’ve just learned so much about acting and being kind and a good person,” Taylor said.



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Government shutdown: Live updates - CNNPolitics

Government shutdown: Live updates – CNNPolitics


Hundreds of Transportation Security Administration officers, who are required to work without paychecks through the partial government shutdown, have called out from work this week from at least four major airports, according to two senior agency officials and three TSA employee union officials.

The mass call outs could inevitably mean air travel is less secure, especially as the shutdown enters its second week with no clear end to the political stalemate in sight.

“This will definitely affect the flying public who we (are) sworn to protect,” Hydrick Thomas, president of the national TSA employee union, told CNN. 

At New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, as many as 170 TSA employees have called out each day this week, Thomas tells CNN. Officers from a morning shift were required to work extra hours to cover the gaps. 

Call outs have increased by 200%-300% at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, where typically 25 to 30 TSA employees call out from an average shift according to a local TSA official familiar with the situation.

Union officials stress that the absences are not part of an organized action, but believe the number of people calling out will likely increase.

“This problem of call outs is really going to explode over the next week or two when employees miss their first paycheck,” a union official at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport told CNN. “TSA officers are telling the union they will find another way to make money. That means calling out to work other jobs.”

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