government shutdown http://kplu.org en Shutdown Mop Up: Wash., Idaho Seek Unemployment Payback http://kplu.org/post/shutdown-mop-wash-idaho-seek-unemployment-payback <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Washington is looking for payback this week—that is, the state wants recently furloughed federal workers to repay unemployment benefits.</span></p><p>The 16-day partial government shutdown lasted long enough for some furloughed federal workers to collect one week of unemployment benefits. But when Congress made the deal to end the shutdown, it included back pay for the furloughed workers.</p><p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 22:56:08 +0000 Tom Banse 10585 at http://kplu.org For Tribes, Shutdown's Effects Could Linger http://kplu.org/post/tribes-shutdowns-effects-could-linger <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">American Indian leaders say disruptions to some services for the elderly and other needy reservation residents could linger despite the end of the government shutdown.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>Tribal leaders said Thursday it could take days or weeks to get backed-up funds flowing. They're also grappling with federal cuts imposed even before the latest budget impasse shut off payments entirely.</p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 04:07:10 +0000 The Associated Press 10534 at http://kplu.org Obama Signs Bill to Avert Default, Open Government http://kplu.org/post/obama-signs-bill-avert-default-open-government <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">President Barack Obama has signed a measure into law reopening the federal government and averting a potential default.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>The White House says Obama signed the bill early Thursday, hours after the House gave final approval.</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 04:46:23 +0000 The Associated Press 10513 at http://kplu.org Obama Signs Bill to Avert Default, Open Government Congress Approves Bill To End Government Shutdown, Avert Default http://kplu.org/post/congress-approves-bill-end-government-shutdown-avert-default Bringing to an end an episode that once again exposed Washington gridlock at its worst, the House approved a Senate deal that will end a 16-day federal government shutdown and avert the first government default in U.S. history.<p>The 285-144 vote came at the eleventh hour, after weeks of partisan bickering and a very public airing of deep divisions within the Republican party. Thu, 17 Oct 2013 02:19:01 +0000 10508 at http://kplu.org Congress Approves Bill To End Government Shutdown, Avert Default As It Happened: The Fight Over The Debt Ceiling, Shutdown http://kplu.org/post/senate-approves-budget-deal-all-eyes-now-house <strong>Update at 10:18 p.m.: House Approves Bill: </strong><p>The crisis is over. With about two hours before the country reached the debt ceiling, the House has approved the bill and it is now it's way to the White House. Wed, 16 Oct 2013 16:32:56 +0000 Scott Neuman 10497 at http://kplu.org As It Happened: The Fight Over The Debt Ceiling, Shutdown Vote on GOP Plan Delayed as Debt Deadline Nears http://kplu.org/post/vote-gop-plan-delayed-debt-deadline-nears <p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'Palatino Linotype', 'Book Antiqua', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px; color: rgb(54, 54, 54);">Time growing desperately short, House Republican efforts to pass legislation averting a Treasury default and ending a partial government shutdown collapsed Tuesday night, and one of the country&#39;s top ratings firms warned of a possible downgrade in the nation&#39;s creditworthiness.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'Palatino Linotype', 'Book Antiqua', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px; color: rgb(54, 54, 54);">The decision by Speaker John Boehner and the GOP leadership to pull a bill they had unveiled earlier in the day appeared to mark the end of what amounted to a daylong detour from separate negotiations in the Senate that had appeared on the verge of bearing fruit.</p><p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 23:17:26 +0000 The Associated Press 10495 at http://kplu.org Vote on GOP Plan Delayed as Debt Deadline Nears House to Vote Tuesday Night on Budget Bill to Avoid Default http://kplu.org/post/house-vote-tuesday-night-budget-bill-avoid-default <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">A spokesman for Speaker John&nbsp;<font color="red">Boehner</font>&nbsp;says the House will vote Tuesday night on legislation that would reopen the government and avert a financial default.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>Michael Steel says the bill would keep the government operating until Dec. 15 and let the Treasury borrow money until Feb. 7.</p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 20:48:38 +0000 The Associated Press 10484 at http://kplu.org House to Vote Tuesday Night on Budget Bill to Avoid Default For Hanford Workers, Furlough Notices Could Come Wednesday http://kplu.org/post/hanford-workers-furlough-notices-could-come-wednesday <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">Workers at the </span>Hanford<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"> Nuclear Reservation could start receiving furlough notices on Wednesday because of the partial shutdown of the federal government.</span></p><div><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">The Tri-City Development Council estimates that about 9,000 Hanford and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory workers could eventually be put on temporary leave or laid off.</p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 17:31:43 +0000 The Associated Press 10468 at http://kplu.org For Hanford Workers, Furlough Notices Could Come Wednesday Shutdown Halts Logging on Northwest's National Forests http://kplu.org/post/shutdown-halts-logging-northwests-national-forests <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Loggers are packing up and leaving timber sales uncut across the Northwest as a result of the partial federal government shutdown. Timber companies say even if a deal is reached soon at the nation&#39;s Capitol, the effects from the logging hiatus could be felt all the way into next spring.</span></p><p>Timber companies received letters from the U.S. Forest Service telling them to cease operations after employees who oversee and inspect timber sales were furloughed.</p><p> Sat, 12 Oct 2013 14:01:00 +0000 Jessica Robinson 10419 at http://kplu.org Shutdown Halts Logging on Northwest's National Forests No Plans to Reopen Wash. National Parks with State Funds http://kplu.org/post/no-plans-reopen-wash-national-parks-state-funds <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gov. Jay </span>Insee<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says he has no plans to reopen national parks and monuments using state dollars. President Obama has given states that option as the federal government shutdown stretches into its </span>11th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> day and beyond.</span></p><p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 22:20:40 +0000 Austin Jenkins 10410 at http://kplu.org No Plans to Reopen Wash. National Parks with State Funds Starbucks Asks Customers to Sign Petition to End Shutdown http://kplu.org/post/starbucks-asks-customers-sign-petition-end-shutdown <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><span style="font-size: 15.454545021057129px;">Starbucks says it will ask customers and businesses to sign a petition calling for an end to the partial government shutdown that has forced hundreds of thousands of federal workers off the job.</span></p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>The petition will will be available at all Starbucks 11,000 U.S. locations to sign beginning Friday.</p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 20:37:03 +0000 The Associated Press 10393 at http://kplu.org Starbucks Asks Customers to Sign Petition to End Shutdown King County WIC Workers Get Advance Layoff Notices http://kplu.org/post/king-county-wic-workers-get-advance-layoff-notices <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At least 82 King County workers have received advance layoff notices as a result of the partial federal government shutdown. The workers administer food assistance to women, infants, and children through the program known as WIC. That food aid is in jeopardy as the shutdown continues.</span></p><p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 00:26:32 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 10375 at http://kplu.org King County WIC Workers Get Advance Layoff Notices Shutdown Threatens Lucrative Alaska Crab Fishery http://kplu.org/post/shutdown-threatens-lucrative-alaska-crab-fishery <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><br /><span style="font-size: 15.454545021057129px;">The Alaska red king crab fishery featured on the reality show, &quot;Deadliest Catch,&quot; is facing an uncertain start because of the federal government&#39;s partial shutdown, and a late opening could have ripple effects in Japan.</span></p><p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 20:00:17 +0000 The Associated Press 10366 at http://kplu.org Shutdown Threatens Lucrative Alaska Crab Fishery Wash. National Guard Bringing Back 700 Workers http://kplu.org/post/wash-national-guard-bringing-back-700-workers <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">The Washington state Military Department is bringing back to work more than 700 federal technicians who were furloughed in the partial government shutdown.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">Spokeswoman Karina Shagren says the civilian employees of the Washington National Guard are expected back at work starting Tuesday. They&#39;ve been out for about a week.</p><p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 22:31:02 +0000 The Associated Press 10322 at http://kplu.org Inslee: Shutdown Could Hurt Businesses in Wash. State http://kplu.org/post/inslee-shutdown-could-hurt-businesses-wash-state <p>If the federal government shutdown doesn&rsquo;t end soon, some of Washington&rsquo;s biggest employers will be forced to lay off workers, Gov. Jay Inslee said at a news conference on Sunday.</p><p>The governor said he&rsquo;s particularly worried about defense contractors and the state&rsquo;s aerospace industry. Mon, 07 Oct 2013 00:20:56 +0000 Ed Ronco 10303 at http://kplu.org Inslee: Shutdown Could Hurt Businesses in Wash. State