Sunday, 25 February, 2018


Congress meets Saturday in effort to end government shutdown

U.S. Capitol Congress Night falls on the U.S. Capitol on second day of the federal shutdown as lawmakers negotiate behind closed doors in Washington Sunday Jan. 21 2018
Bennie Garza | 21 January, 2018, 09:59

Before Friday's vote, numerous Democrats and Republicans criticized the proposal to extend government funding only temporarily.

The government had been running on three consecutive temporary funding bills since the new fiscal year began in October. "Schumer wasn't going to be able to get to 'yes, '" said Mike Steel, a former aide to Republican House Speakers John Boehner and Paul Ryan.

The deal included funding for Trump's border wall, said Schumer, in exchange for the codification of the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) program.

Republicans said if Democrats wanted to avoid shutting down the children's health care plan, they could have voted for the bill, which extended it for six years.

One idea floated by Republicans was to renew government funding through February 8 to end the shutdown, while working to resolve other issues, including immigration, military and non-military spending, disaster relief and some healthcare matters.

However, all but five Senate Democrats voted against the bill Friday night, effectively guaranteeing a shutdown since 60 votes were needed to overcome a filibuster-Republicans hold a slim majority with 51 seats, and all but four of them voted for the bill.

Protestors hoisted placards with messages including "Fight like a girl" and "A woman's place is in the White House" and "Elect a clown, expect a circus".

Marc Short, the White House legislative affairs director, told reporters on Capitol Hill: "We are anxious to get a resolution on DACA". During the 2013 shutdown, President Barack Obama predicted the confrontation would "break the fever" driving Republican opposition - ultimately to no avail.

Up to that point, Democrats largely held together to block the funding legislation, digging in on their insistence that the spending bill include protections for some 700,000 younger immigrants facing deportation.

"That's the price of leadership", he said.

The shutdown began a year to the day after Trump was sworn in as president. But "even that was not enough to entice the president to finish the deal", Schumer said, accusing Trump and Republicans of "rooting for a shutdown" which would "crash entirely" on the president's shoulders.

In 2013, when he criticized Obama over another shutdown mess, he said: "Well, if you say who gets fired it always has to be the top".

"I'm frustrated and we're trying to find any way possible and any measure and any strategy and pressure to bring our colleagues on the Democrat side to the table", Jodey Arrington, Republican congressman from Texas district 19, said.

The White House and congressional Republicans blamed Democrats for what it called the "Schumer Shutdown" - named for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY - accusing them of valuing illegal immigrants ahead of lawful Americans.

At the US Capitol, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer delivered a stinging portrayal of Trump as an unreliable negotiating partner, saying the two sides came close to an agreement several times only to have Trump back out at the urging of anti-immigration conservatives.

Trump has canceled plans to travel to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida over the weekend, where he was set to have a gala fundraiser Saturday to commemorate his inauguration one year ago.

Despite frantic meetings that ran through midnight, a deal could not be reached.

Forty-eight per cent of Americans will blame the President and the Republican Party for a government showdown, according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll on Friday; 28 per cent said they would blame the Democrats; 18 per cent said they would blame both.

The reference to "unlawful immigrants" was in stark contrast to earlier statements, including one in September in which Trump proclaimed, "We love the Dreamers".

Democrats and many Republicans want to provide permanent legal status leading to citizenship for Dreamers.

The shutdown of the United States federal government from yesterday indicates not only political partisanship in a divided country, but also deeper dysfunction in government.

The State Department warned that it could have problems processing passports. But without a quick deal, most day-to-day operations in the federal government will be disrupted.

There were fears that all U.S. offices overseas handling visa issuance and federal regulatory agencies, including those overseeing grants and contracts will remain closed while the shutdown lasts. Parks and monuments remained open in the US capital and on the National Mall preparations were under way for a second multi-city women's rights march.

Recommended

...
  • Activision chief Hirshberg steps down after eight years

    Activision Blizzard overlord Bobby Kotick praised Hirshberg as he heads for the door... "This is an wonderful company", Hirshberg said.
    Man City boss Guardiola congratulates Sanchez on Man United move

    Man City boss Guardiola congratulates Sanchez on Man United move

    Alexis Sanchez will finally become a Manchester United player after Mkhitaryan agreed to join Arsenal in a swap deal. With these kind of things, as long as it is not over the line, you can not say that it will happen.

    Latest News on the Global Online Gaming Industry

    The company is showing signs of making a comeback, as competitors are forced to merge and consolidate in order to survive. The industry can be broken down further between mobile gambling and desktop gambling (which includes laptops and PCs).
  • Two Dead & Dozens Injured As Fire Engulfs Hotel In Prague

    Two Dead & Dozens Injured As Fire Engulfs Hotel In Prague

    Forty people were evacuated from the smouldering building and a rescue operation was still underway late on Saturday. The Foreign Office says it has not yet been made aware if any British nationals have been affected.
    Dallas Fuel suspends xQc for the rest of Overwatch League's first stage

    Dallas Fuel suspends xQc for the rest of Overwatch League's first stage

    Blizzard Entertainment, the operator of the Overwatch League, said that xQc's actions violated the league's code of conduct. xQc has since received suspensions from both the Dallas Fuel and the Overwatch League itself, as well as a $2,000 fine.
    Giannis Antetokounmpo to miss next 2 games with knee soreness

    Giannis Antetokounmpo to miss next 2 games with knee soreness

    Tony Snell will likely rejoin the starting lineup while he's out, while Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe will play bigger roles. By sitting out the next two games, the Bucks said Antetokounmpo will have eight days to receive treatment on his injured knee.
  • How to learn English with the news

    Your main purpose is to master or improve your language skills, so it is not so big deal if you listen to or read something fake. How to learn English through the news It is undeniable that the news is a great source of the words that are used everywhere.
    Def Leppard, Journey to perform at AT&T Center on August  31

    Def Leppard, Journey to perform at AT&T Center on August 31

    Journey and Def Leppard announced joint tour dates Friday, hitting hit 58 cities together. "Mania" is the band's seventh album. Def Leppard , a perennial Lincoln concert band, has done two PBA shows, the first in October 2015, then in May of a year ago .
    The Early 2018 World Series Favorites

    The Early 2018 World Series Favorites

    People expected this young Yankees team (which still has more significant talent on the way from AAA) to start competing in 2018. Taking into account a few articles and odds listings that are already out there, here’s our look at the top contenders. 1.
  • Police arrest 'kingpin' of Asia's biggest wildlife smuggling syndicate

    Police arrest 'kingpin' of Asia's biggest wildlife smuggling syndicate

    Animal trafficking is the fourth most lucrative black market industry after drugs, then people and arms smuggling. The pair, known as the "Bach Brothers", were regarded as untouchable despite their public exposure.

    Affiliated Managers Group (AMG) Given Daily Media Sentiment Rating of 0.29

    Michael Doheny increased its stake in Viasat Inc (VSAT) by 90.68% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. According to Zacks, "Affiliated Managers' shares have outperformed the industry, over the past twelve months". (NYSE:AMG).
    Late Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan to be buried on Tuesday

    Late Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan to be buried on Tuesday

    And now for the first time since her death, her boyfriend is speaking out. "My friend, partner, and the love of my life is gone". It has also been reported that Dolores will repose in her native town of Limerick his weekend, ahead of the funeral.

List of the Best Fitness Trackers for 2018 List of the Best Fitness Trackers for 2018 Although it is a bit expensive, it makes your experience really enjoyable by giving you access to music and also GPS navigation. Huawei Band 2 Pro is one of the best low-budget devices that offers you all the functions you need for under 60 Euros.

How Technology Has Completely Changed the Way We Spend Money How Technology Has Completely Changed the Way We Spend Money The Rise of Mobile Payments Over the last few years, all of the major mobile innovators have stepped into the mobile payment game. As of 2016, Apple Pay had 12 million monthly users , a figure which is sure to rise substantially in the coming months and years.

Everything You Wanted to Know About Super Nintendo Classic Mini Everything You Wanted to Know About Super Nintendo Classic Mini In the autumn of 2016, the news about the re-release of the 8-bit NES console resounded in the world of the gaming industry. The console can be placed in the palm of your hand, which is very convenient for its storing and carrying around.

Drone saves 2 swimmers at Australian beach Drone saves 2 swimmers at Australian beach After grabbing the yellow flotation device, the boys made their way to the beach safely where they met a team of lifeguards that had just arrived on an ATV.

Women march across United States as Trump touts gains Women march across United States  as Trump touts gains In the USA , the major march organized to honour last year's event also had its sights set on upcoming elections. From New York to Los Angeles, women are gathering for the Women's March 2018 - and celebrities are joining in.

Turkish Troops Threaten to Attack Northern Syria Turkish Troops Threaten to Attack Northern Syria Some of these forces helped the USA to fight the Islamic State group. "The promises made to us over Manbij were not kept". Mr Erdogan also said that an operation against the Kurdish-controlled city of Manbij would follow.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's visit to Cardiff Castle Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's visit to Cardiff Castle In an interview back in November of 2017, Harry previously revealed he and Meghan meant to "start a family in the near future". After being held up by a train delay for about an hour, the couple finally made it to the city from London by mid-afternoon.

U.S. could surpass Saudi Arabia in oil production U.S.  could surpass Saudi Arabia in oil production Brent crude, the global benchmark, pared losses, trading at $69.30, down 8 cents a barrel, by 11:26 a.m. But it suggested that quickly growing production in the United States could affect market balancing.

CM Naidu emphasises on women, child welfare in state CM Naidu emphasises on women, child welfare in state It is not because of the people but because of the bifurcation , Mr Naidu said . Due to unscientific division of the state, Andhra suffered a big loss.

United States statements on YPG, Syria contradict each other: Turkish PM Yıldırım United States  statements on YPG, Syria contradict each other: Turkish PM Yıldırım The Syrian foreign ministry however strongly denied this, denouncing the operation as a "brutal Turkish aggression". But Erdogan appeared to scoff at the mixed messages and lashed out at American military support for the YPG.

Padmaavat: Rajasthan govt to file review petition in Supreme Court Padmaavat: Rajasthan govt to file review petition in Supreme Court The Rajput Karni Sena has threatened all the cineplexes across the globe to face major loss if they will telecast the movie. Lokendra Singh Kalvi, Karni Sena chief, will be in Mumbai on that day to ensure that the bandh remains effective.

NFL Championship Sunday Odds and Lock of the Week NFL Championship Sunday Odds and Lock of the Week The Eagles hope that success continues on Sunday with a win over a Minnesota Vikings team that are no slouches themselves. Currently, the Pittsburgh Steelers have the most Super Bowl wins in National Football League history with six victories.

Government Shutdown Leads to Closure of Many Bay Area Parks Government Shutdown Leads to Closure of Many Bay Area Parks Utah's National Parks won't close, even if a government shutdown begins at midnight tonight . Moraine Park Campground would remain open but no services would be provided.

Meghan Markle's right-hand woman has been revealed Meghan Markle's right-hand woman has been revealed The visit highlights Welsh culture, which will be important to Meghan as she learns more about the United Kingdom as a whole. It's to celebrate their wedding and to offer our congratulations to them'.

A Groundbreaking Football News: How do Footballers And Dementia Relate? Finally, I think we can hope that the experts would look into the matter in a cautious way in the near future. As per Shearer’s words ‘At least now people have started to look for answers’.