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Why airlines keep flying during shutdown

“But that unpredictability in federal funding is a major reason why airlines and lawmakers led by Rep” writes unknown author for usatoday.com. WASHINGTON — Airlines will fly the friendly skies without obvious changes during the federal government shutdown because air-traffic controllers at the Federal Aviation Administration and Transportation Security Administration checkpoint officers are classified essential workers.But TSA administrator David Pekoske said a shutdown creates anxiety and the planning takes attention away from security screening. Source: usatoday.com Share This:

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‘Not picky anymore’: House Republicans signal openness to three-week funding bill

“House Republicans said Saturday that they are willing to accept a three-week government funding measure that would end the partial government shutdown that started at midnight after the Senate could not strike a deal on Friday” writes Al Weaver for washingtonexaminer.com. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said his caucus would accept the bill to fund the government through Feb. 8 despite their passing of a four-week funding bill and argument that they did their part. “I believe we would accept it,” McCarthy said. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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White House says President Trump in regular contact Saturday with Hill Republicans over funding

“CNN reports the party will go on even if the president remains in Washington as he has pledged to do until a funding agreement can be reached” writes Rachel Koning Beals for marketwatch.com. Lack of a funding bill agreement overnight pushed the U.S. into its first government shutdown since 2013. Source: marketwatch.com Share This:

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How Trump’s chief of staff, John Kelly, helped to kill a possible deal to fund the government

“In fact, Kelly had an extensive list of objections to the potential deal, according to the Times” writes Kevin Lamarque for cnbc.com. White House chief of staff John Kelly played a major role in President Donald Trump shooting down the framework of a last-minute deal floated by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to fund the government Friday. Source: cnbc.com Share This:

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Why did it happen, and what will it affect? Everything you need to know about the shutdown

“Many thousands of federal workers will not report for work on Monday morning if the impasse is not solved” writes Jon Sharman for independent.co.uk. Senators blocked a bill to extend federal funding until 16 February despite huddled behind-the-scenes negotiations between leaders Chuck Schumer and Mitch McConnell. It was overwhelmingly unpopular among voters with 81 per cent disapproving of legislators allowing federal funding to lapse, according to a Washington Post/ABC News poll.The US government shut down at midnight on Friday, meaning thousands of “non-essential” federal workers will be put on leave and not paid…

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Government heads for shutdown after Senate rejects funding bill

“Republicans needed 60 votes to advance the bill under Senate rules but the legislation only received the support of 50 senators” writes Lauren Gambino for theguardian.com. These included a vote on increased military funding, a potential vote on a hardline immigration bill and other “subplots”, which Mark Meadows, the head of the Freedom Caucus, declined to share with reporters. Source: theguardian.com Share This:

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