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congress reconvenes but prospects for a 'dreamer' deal fade with government shut


captionillinois sen. richard durbin, the senate’s second-ranking democrat, said president trump “said things which were hate-filled, vile and racist” during a meeting on thursday . illinois sen. richard durbin, the senate’s second-ranking democrat, said president trump “said things which were hate-filled, vile and racist” during a meeting on thursday .






congress likely racing toward a government shutdown


washington — a bitterly divided congress hurtled toward a government shutdown this weekend in a partisan stare-down over demands by democrats for a solution on politically fraught legislation to protect about 700,000 younger immigrants from being deported.democrats in the senate have served notice they will filibuster a four-week, government-wide funding bill that cleared the house thursday evening, seeking to shape a subsequent measure but exposing themselves to charges they are responsible for a looming shutdown.republicans controlling the narrowly split chamber took up the fight, arguing that democrats were holding the entire government hostage over demands to protect "dreamer" immigrants brought to the country illegally as children.as a shutdown loomed, the white house said friday that






us budget: funding deal reached to avert shutdown


image copyrightgetty imagesimage caption in 2013, the government did shut down in a row over healthcare congressional negotiators have reached an agreement on a spending bill to keep the us government running until 30 september, media report.the bipartisan deal boosts military spending but does not include funding for president donald trump's proposed wall on the mexico border, they say.the reported $1 trillion deal (£770bn) needs to be approved by lawmakers.on friday congress approved a stop-gap spending bill that averted a government shutdown at midnight on that day.that gave congress one more week to work out federal spending over the last five months of the fiscal year. lawmakers are expected to vote on the package in the coming days.the failure to act would have closed national parks






trump, schumer meet at white house as a divided congress hurtles toward governme


president donald trump and senate democratic leader chuck schumer met friday afternoon in an eleventh-hour effort to avert a government shutdown, with a bitterly divided washington locked in partisan stare-down over politically fraught legislation to protect about 700,000 younger immigrants from being deported.republicans and democrats in congress and the white house traded blame for the possible shutdown just hours remaining before the midnight deadline. trump phoned the new york lawmaker to invite him to the white house to try to reach some sort of accord.democrats in the senate have served notice they will filibuster a four-week, government-wide funding bill that cleared the house thursday evening. that could expose them to charges that they are responsible for a shutdown, but they poin






trump's frustration with budget compromise has him considering merits of a 'shut


congress looks set to enact a bipartisan spending bill to avert an imminent government shutdown. but president trump is suggesting he'd actually welcome a shutdown the next time around.in a tuesday morning tweet, trump seemed to lament the $1-trillion funding package he signed off on over the weekend — one that largely preserves funding for items he promised to slash, but does not advance his promised border wall — as full of concessions to democrats.then he went further — calling either for senate republicans to ditch what's left of the filibuster once and for all, or for voters to increase his party’s numbers in the chamber. he capped that with an unusual remark that seemed to embrace a shutdown as a way to push his agenda. the white house often says a controversial trump tweet “speaks f






gop-led house expected to vote on measure to replace obamacare


congress looks set to enact a bipartisan spending bill to avert an imminent government shutdown. but president trump is suggesting he'd actually welcome a shutdown the next time around.in a tuesday morning tweet, trump seemed to lament the $1-trillion funding package he signed off on over the weekend — one that largely preserves funding for items he promised to slash, but does not advance his promised border wall — as full of concessions to democrats.then he went further — calling either for senate republicans to ditch what's left of the filibuster once and for all, or for voters to increase his party’s numbers in the chamber. he capped that with an unusual remark that seemed to embrace a shutdown as a way to push his agenda. the white house often says a controversial trump tweet “speaks f






comey faces senate grilling on fbi investigations into 2016 election


congress looks set to enact a bipartisan spending bill to avert an imminent government shutdown. but president trump is suggesting he'd actually welcome a shutdown the next time around.in a tuesday morning tweet, trump seemed to lament the $1-trillion funding package he signed off on over the weekend — one that largely preserves funding for items he promised to slash, but does not advance his promised border wall — as full of concessions to democrats.then he went further — calling either for senate republicans to ditch what's left of the filibuster once and for all, or for voters to increase his party’s numbers in the chamber. he capped that with an unusual remark that seemed to embrace a shutdown as a way to push his agenda. the white house often says a controversial trump tweet “speaks f






mcconnell: no government shutdown this week over immigration


testing the resolve of democrats, senate majority leader mitch mcconnell declared sunday there won't be a government shutdown this week over the question of protecting immigrants brought to the country illegally as children, describing it as a "non-emergency" to be addressed next year."there's not going to be a government shutdown. it's just not going to happen," said mcconnell, r-ky.house gop leaders unveiled a short-term plan over the weekend to avert a shutdown and keep the government open through dec. 22. the measure would buy time for bipartisan talks on a bigger budget agreement that would give the pentagon and government agencies significant relief from a pending budget freeze.congress faces a friday deadline to fund the government through the end of next september.democrats and a f






congress just dodged a government shutdown. here's what comes next.


with votes friday morning in the house and senate, congress narrowly avoided a partial shutdown of the federal government — but only for a week. members of both chambers will return next week to resume work on a measure to keep the government running through september. while the worst possible outcome was prevented, this ongoing struggle with one of congress’s most basic functions illustrates several challenges facing the republican congress.how did we get here?why was there even a chance of a shutdown? in december, rather than finishing work on spending bills for fiscal year 2017, republicans agreed to the incoming trump administration’s request to wait. this was to allow the new administration to have a role in talks.the process has also dragged out because the republicans need democrati






congress likely racing toward a government shutdown


washington — a bitterly-divided congress hurtled toward a government shutdown this weekend in a partisan stare-down over demands by democrats for a solution on politically fraught legislation to protect about 700,000 younger immigrants from being deported.democrats in the senate have served notice they will filibuster a four-week, government-wide funding bill that passed the house thursday evening, seeking to shape a subsequent measure but exposing themselves to charges they are responsible for a looming shutdown.republicans controlling the narrowly-divided chamber took up the fight, arguing that democrats were holding the entire government hostage over demands to protect "dreamer" immigrants brought to the country illegally as children."democratic senators' fixation on illegal immigration






government enters partial shutdown mode after congress fails to agree on spendin


the federal government ceased all non-essential functions saturday morning as president trump failed to reach a deal to keep the government open.        






dem, gop leaders already blame each other as shutdown looms


washington — a bitterly divided congress hurtled toward a government shutdown this weekend in a partisan stare-down over demands by democrats for a solution on politically fraught legislation to protect about 700,000 younger immigrants from being deported.democrats in the senate have served notice they will filibuster a four-week, government-wide funding bill that cleared the house thursday evening, seeking to shape a subsequent measure. that could expose them to charges that they are responsible for a shutdown, but they point the finger at republicans instead."they're in charge," senate minority leader chuck schumer, d-n.y., said friday as he entered his capitol office. "they're not talking to us. they're totally paralyzed and inept. there's no one to negotiate with."republicans controlli






as a divided congress hurtles toward a government shutdown, both point the finge


a bitterly divided congress hurtled toward a government shutdown this weekend in a partisan stare-down over demands by democrats for a solution on politically fraught legislation to protect about 700,000 younger immigrants from being deported.democrats in the senate have served notice they will filibuster a four-week, government-wide funding bill that cleared the house thursday evening, seeking to shape a subsequent measure. that could expose them to charges that they are responsible for a shutdown, but they point the finger at republicans instead."they're in charge," senate minority leader chuck schumer, d-n.y., said friday as he entered his capitol office. "they're not talking to us. they're totally paralyzed and inept. there's no one to negotiate with."republicans controlling the narrow






government shutdown less likely now that trump has relented on border wall


president trump appears to have made it easier for congress to reach a deal to keep the government open.        






congress reaches a deal to fund the government through september – the denver po


by kelsey snell, the washington postwashington – congressional negotiators have reached an agreement on a spending package to fund the government through the end of september, alleviating fears of a government shutdown later this week, said several congressional aides.congress is expected to vote early this week on the package. the bipartisan agreement is expected to include increases for military spending and border security, a major priority for gop leaders in congress.the agreement follows weeks of tense negotiations between democrats and gop leaders after president donald trump insisted that the deal include funds to begin construction of a wall along the u.s. border with mexico. trump eventually dropped that demand, leaving congress to resolve lingering issues over several unrelated p






house passes stopgap funding bill to avert government shutdown at midnight frida


share storyby the associated pressthe associated presswashington (ap) — house passes stopgap funding bill to avert government shutdown at midnight friday; senate prospects uncertain.the associated press






stay tuned: republicans, debt and a government shutdown


here we go again. when congress returns from its recess, it faces a potential government shutdown. lawmakers will have only a few days to prevent the government from running out of money.members of congress have known about this deadline since december, when they passed the last stopgap funding bill, and the fact that they’ve again let negotiations wait until the last possible moment shouldn’t come as a surprise. they’re simply following a disappointing, decades-long pattern.but with republicans holding control of all branches of government, another half-hearted attempt to negotiate any kind of spending limitation is a big letdown — especially after their earnestly campaigned-upon commitments to finally get control of spending.how will congress stave off a shutdown? most likely with an omn






lawmakers hit obstacle in negotiations over government spending deal


lawmakers on capitol hill have hit an obstacle in negotiations over a government spending deal as the the deadline to avert a shutdown on saturday approaches.the major sticking point focuses on obamacare payments that are made to health insurers to help low-income people enrolled under the health care law with out-of-pocket expenses. the payments are known as cost-sharing reduction (csr) payments. speaking to reporters after a closed-door meeting with the house gop conference, speaker paul ryan, r-wisconsin, said, “obviously, csrs -- we’re not doing that. that is not in an appropriation bill.”playvideocbsn4/25: sen. joe manchin on looming government shutdown; the history of using "100 days" as a benchmark with the deadline set for april 28th, congress is racing against the clock to prevent






trump's one-year anniversary marked by shutdown instead of celebration


the president had a mar-a-lago celebration planned; instead he is in washington, grappling with congress over a government shutdown        






there's plenty of work that won't get done during a shutdown


washington — the government won't actually close up if congress can't pass a spending bill by friday at midnight. but there's plenty that won't get done if hundreds of thousands of federal employees are barred from working until president donald trump and the republican-led congress can agree on a budget deal.thousands of intelligence agency workers would be furloughed even as tension over north korea's nuclear program remains high. important biomedical and public health research would be interrupted. and military veterans would watch helplessly as the processing of their disability claims came to a halt.j. david cox, president of the american federation of government employees, says shutdowns can have dramatic impacts as jobs are left unattended. he says the longer a shutdown lasts, the w






different president, same old government shutdown threats


washington — there's an unconventional new president in the white house. and the republicans now have a new lock on both ends of washington's pennsylvania avenue. but the capital city is still up to its old gridlock tricks.just as occurred repeatedly during the obama administration, the government is only days away from a shutdown, and congress and the white house are engaged in familiar partisan brinkmanship.how little has really changed under president donald trump.some of the issues are different this time around as lawmakers scramble to finish up the annual government-wide spending bills that are congress' most basic function. the $1 trillion catch-all legislation for the remainder of the 2017 budget year is leftover business from last year and comes due friday at midnight.without acti






government shutdown? we’ve been here before


that breakdown came just a month after a five-day shutdown, and was further extended by a pair of historic winter storms that shut the government down again on the very day washington’s civil servants were going back to work.washington — long before the spectacle of president donald trump and congress scrambling to avert a government shutdown, an entrenched budgetary standoff between house speaker newt gingrich and president bill clinton ground government to a halt for a record four weeks.the vast federal workforce was furloughed from dec. 16, 1995, to jan. 6, 1996, the longest failure of basic governmental function in the history of the republic.that breakdown came just a month after a five-day shutdown, and was further extended by a pair of historic winter storms that shut the government






some conservatives praise trump's suggestion that government 'needs' a shutdown


it’s an unconventional perspective, from an unconventional president: the government should be shuttered.“our country needs a good ‘shutdown’ in september to fix mess,” president trump tweeted tuesday morning.his tweet came as congress is set to approve a $1-trillion budget bill that funds the government through september, but does not advance funds for a wall along the u.s.-mexico border — a key promise trump made throughout the campaign.in 2013, the government shut down for more than two weeks after congress was unable to agree on a budget for the new fiscal year, leaving nearly 800,000 federal employees out of work without pay.although trump’s tweet confused those on both sides of the aisle, the notion that the government needs to be shuttered has been floated by some conservative activ






trump 'backs down' in new short-term spending bill


image copyrightgetty imagesimage caption us lawmakers have another week to reach a final spending deal us lawmakers have reached a deal to avert a federal government shutdown after the white house backed off a threat to withhold obamacare subsidies.the stop-gap bill announced late on wednesday allows congress an extra week to reach a final deal to fund the government through september.congress had until friday to negotiate a bill to keep the government running.democrats declared a victory after the white house agreed to continue paying the so-called cost-sharing reductions. they refused to support the bill unless it allowed for an obamacare provision that paid health insurance companies to help keep medical costs down for low-income americans. the concession comes after president donald tr






trump 'backs down' in new short-term spending bill


image copyrightgetty imagesimage caption us lawmakers have another week to reach a final spending deal us lawmakers have reached a deal to avert a federal government shutdown after the white house backed off a threat to withhold obamacare subsidies.the stop-gap bill announced late on wednesday allows congress an extra week to reach a final deal to fund the government through september.congress had until friday to negotiate a bill to keep the government running.democrats declared a victory after the white house agreed to continue paying the so-called cost-sharing reductions. they refused to support the bill unless it allowed for an obamacare provision that paid health insurance companies to help keep medical costs down for low-income americans. the concession comes after president donald tr






comparing trump’s first 100 days in office to his predecessors


the federal government is currently being funded by a continuing resolution that expires on april 28, 2017 – which also happens to be the 99th day of donald trump’s presidency. if congress fails to approve a new spending deal before then, trump’s 100th day as president will begin with a federal government shutdown. the last government…






u.s. needs september “shutdown” to fix senate “mess” – the denver post


washington — president donald trump tweeted tuesday that the nation “needs a good ‘shutdown’ in september” to fix a “mess” in the senate, issuing contradictory messages ahead of key votes on a spending plan to keep the federal government running.trump’s embrace of a government shutdown came days after he accused senate democrats of seeking a shutdown and obstructing majority republicans during recent budget negotiations. lawmakers announced sunday they had reached an agreement to avoid a shutdown until september — a deal that does not include several provisions sought by trump, including funding for a border wall.congress is expected to vote this week on the $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through september. the white house on monday praised the deal as a win for the nat






trump blames puerto rico for the potential government shutdown


congress hopes to avoid a government shutdown by swiftly approving a stopgap spending bill to allow negotiations to continue for another week on a longer-term funding deal.but negotiators were still trying to narrow a few unresolved issues -- including aid to puerto rico.the concern is about puerto rico's struggling medicaid program, which is running short on funds and could lead to 900,000 residents losing healthcare coverage by the end of the year. democrats want to provide puerto rico aid, but trump called it a "bailout."trump tweeted his concerns.






mnuchin: government shutdown unlikely but could happen


treasury secretary steven t. mnuchin said on sunday that a government shutdown this week was unlikely but possible.a two-week stopgap spending bill passed by congress earlier this month provided enough funding to keep the government running through friday. a deadlock on another temporary funding measure would open the door to a possible shutdown.“i can’t rule it out, but i can’t imagine it occurring,” mnuchin said on “fox news sunday,” suggesting everyone had an interest in avoiding the government grinding to a halt and federal workers going unpaid, especially in the holiday season. “i would expect that both the house and senate, republicans and democrats, understand if they can’t agree on this, they need to have another short-term extension to move this to january,” the treasury secretary






the latest: wh says obama 'weaponized' gov't shutdown


washington — the latest on the budget battle in congress (all times local):11:45 a.m.the trump administration is minimizing the looming budget crisis that could produce a government shutdown, saying former president barack obama "weaponized" hardcore negotiating tactics.budget director mick mulvaney told reporters that any such shuttering of the government would "look very different" from the 16-day government closure in 2013 under obama. he said the previous administration "weaponized" the government shutdown in budget negotiations and did not encourage agencies to lessen the impact with unobligated funds.he says, "they chose to make it worse."mulvaney and marc short, the white house legislative director, spoke as the republican-controlled congress battled through budget negotiations in t






trump 'backs down' in new short-term spending bill


image copyrightgetty imagesimage caption in 2013, the government did shut down in a row over healthcare us lawmakers have reached a deal to avert a federal government shutdown after the white house backed off a threat to withhold obamacare subsidies.the stop-gap bill announced late on wednesday allows congress an extra week to reach a final deal to fund the government through september.congress had until friday to negotiate a bill to keep the government running.democrats declared a victory after the white house agreed to continue paying the so-called cost-sharing reductions. they refused to support the bill unless it allowed for an obamacare provision that paid health insurance companies to help keep medical costs down for low-income americans. the concession comes after president donald t






trump 'backs down' in new short-term spending bill


image copyrightgetty imagesimage caption in 2013, the government did shut down in a row over healthcare us lawmakers have reached a deal to avert a federal government shutdown after the white house backed off a threat to withhold obamacare subsidies.the stop-gap bill announced late on wednesday allows congress an extra week to reach a final deal to fund the government through september.congress had until friday to negotiate a bill to keep the government running.democrats declared a victory after the white house agreed to continue paying the so-called cost-sharing reductions. they refused to support the bill unless it allowed for an obamacare provision that paid health insurance companies to help keep medical costs down for low-income americans. the concession comes after president donald t






trump: us needs september 'shutdown' to fix senate 'mess'


washington — president donald trump tweeted tuesday that the nation "needs a good 'shutdown' in september" to fix a "mess" in the senate, issuing contradictory messages ahead of key votes on a spending plan to keep the federal government running.trump's embrace of a government shutdown came days after he accused senate democrats of seeking a shutdown and obstructing majority republicans during recent budget negotiations. lawmakers announced sunday they had reached an agreement to avoid a shutdown until september — a deal that does not include several provisions sought by trump, including funding for a border wall.congress is expected to vote this week on the $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through september. the white house on monday praised the deal as a win for the nat






congress passes bill to avert government shutdown this weekend


republicans said they would push a short-term spending bill — essential to keeping the government open — through the house friday with only gop votes, if necessary.the brinkmanship came less than 30 hours before a midnight friday deadline for a shutdown.at the same time, a house gop leader said...






congress passes short-term spending bill, averting shutdown for now


the house and senate on friday passed a short-term spending bill to fund the government, averting a shutdown at midnight. lawmakers in the house approved the measure in a 382-30 vote and the senate shortly thereafter approved it by voice vote. it was only meant to buy more time to craft a more comprehensive spending deal that would fund the government through the rest of the fiscal year, or sept. 30. the short-term bill, known as a continuing resolution (cr), extends fiscal 2016 government funding levels through next friday. lawmakers are expected to reach the longer-term deal soon, which is known as an omnibus spending package. playvideocbsnsen. joe manchin on looming government shutdown with the deadline set for april 28th, congress is racing against the clock to prevent a federal govern






democrats pull out of meeting after trump's twitter attack


washington — congress' top democratic leaders abruptly pulled out of a planned meeting tuesday with president donald trump after he attacked them on twitter, casting doubt on the prospects for a quick agreement to avert a government shutdown at the end of next week.trump tweeted early tuesday that "i don't see a deal!" with senate minority leader charles schumer and top house democrat nancy pelosi of california and accused them of being soft on crime, taxes and illegal immigration.schumer and pelosi shot back by canceling the afternoon white house meeting and asking instead for immediate talks with top republican leaders in congress."given that the president doesn't see a deal between democrats and the white house, we believe the best path forward is to continue negotiating with our republ






finding a connection to your future


take up a hobby you enjoy. snuggle in a chair with a blanket and a book. go for a walk. golf. what makes you feel healthy and relaxed? think of activities you do where time disappears. sometimes your life feels nice when connected wholly to the present.see also: 5 habits to make the new year your best year yet the past plays a role in today, but it does not have to define your future. the next time an individual or a situation frustrates you, think of your adjectives, choose actions that support your words, then change your dialogue to observations, not labels. find ways to connect with the future possibilities of life.this cycle of living keeps your energy focused on opportunities in the future instead of the mire of the past. during work or at home you have the potential to create a styl