With more traffic expected in and around Alexandria, Virginia, starting in less than two weeks, the city is set to cut evening and weekend parking rates at its garages during the major Metro shutdown.
The 35-day partial shutdown left many contractors without back pay. “We should harness the pain of this most recent event and learn from it,” the CEO of one company told a House subcommittee.
House Democrats will file a resolution Friday aimed at blocking the national emergency declaration that President Donald Trump has issued to help finance his wall along the Southwest border, teeing up a clash over billions of dollars, immigration policy and the Constitution’s separation of powers.
Federal employees who did not expect a raise this year due to a pay freeze the White House issued last December will now get an increase in their salaries as part of the 2019 spending bill.
President Donald Trump has signed legislation to avert another government shutdown and pay for limited fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border. He signed the bill Friday. Earlier, he declared a national emergency to fulfill his pledge to construct a wall.
Under mounting pressure from his own party, President Donald Trump appeared to be grudgingly leaning toward accepting an agreement that would head off a threatened second government shutdown but provide just a fraction of the money he’s been demanding for his Mexican border wall.
Federal workers would receive a 1.9 percent pay increase under language included in legislation aimed at averting a government shutdown, according to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md.
Republican Sen. Roy Blunt said President Donald Trump would refuse to sign any agreement that includes contractor back pay.
President Donald Trump said he needs to look further at the agreement, which would grant far less than the $5.7 billion he wants for a long-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
The effects ripple government-wide, with more than 60 agencies directly impacted by the December to January partial shutdown. A shutdown also impacts tens of thousands of government contractors, with staffs of their own, who experienced hundreds of millions of dollars in delayed payments.
Congressional negotiators reached agreement to prevent a government shutdown and finance construction of new barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border, overcoming a late-stage hang-up over immigration enforcement issues that had threatened to scuttle the talks.
For now, a second federal government shutdown in 2019 looks unlikely. Still, some area leaders are working to lessen the impact of a shutdown on federal workers in the event that negotiations fail.
Negotiators in Congress say they have reached an agreement in principle to fund the government and avoid another partial government shutdown.
As negotiations over a border security hit a snag, the White House on Sunday would not rule out another federal government shutdown even as it signaled a willingness to obtain funding for President Donald Trump’s proposed wall by other means.
The outstanding issues — the level of funding for border barriers as well as funding increases for detention facilities and personnel — were not new and have long been the sticking points in the talks.
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