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Shutdown hits federal workers’ pockets

by Harvest Prude
Posted 1/11/19, 11:31 am

WASHINGTON—About 800,000 federal government workers will miss their paychecks Friday because of the partial government shutdown, which will be the longest in U.S. history if it lasts until Saturday. On Thursday, President Donald Trump visited McAllen, Texas, and the Rio Grande along the border to illustrate his reasoning for wanting a wall at the U.S. southern border. “If for any reason we don’t get this going … I will declare a national emergency,” he said. The president has consulted with White House attorneys about the constitutionality of using presidential emergency powers to construct the wall. “We’re either going to have a win, make a compromise—because I think a compromise is a win for everybody—or I will declare a national emergency,” he said.

A compromise seems highly unlikely. House Democrats staunchly refuse to approve the president’s $5.7 billion wall funding request. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., tried to broker an agreement pairing wall funds with protecting some illegal immigrants, including ones brought to the United States as children, but the deal failed to gain favor from Democrats.

Meanwhile, the House passed two measures to reopen the government, which include funding the departments of Housing and Urban Development, Transportation, and Agriculture, and the Food and Drug Administration. Senate Republicans refuse to consider any attempts to reopen parts of the government unless the president signals his support.

On Thursday, the Senate unanimously passed a bill guaranteeing back pay for government workers affected by the shutdown. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the president told him he would sign the bill.

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Harvest Prude

Harvest is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute and a reporter for WORLD.

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  • news2me
    Posted: Fri, 01/11/2019 03:57 pm

    Why is our food less healthy than European food? American children are getting sicker from the lousy ingredients the FDA allows.

    FIRE the FDA. They have NOT cared about what is good for Americans in a LONG time. 

    There used to be a law that said the first word on the food or drink container had to be the first ingredient or the largest ingredient. Sometimes the ingredient isn't even in the food or drink, or they probably convinced the FDA that "natural flavoring" is a food ingredient. As long as they say it tastes like whatever the label states then it's ok?

    If the food industry is going to tell the FDA what is good, there is NO REASON to pay employees to rubber stamp it.

  •  West Coast Gramma's picture
    West Coast Gramma
    Posted: Fri, 01/11/2019 04:48 pm

    There are several views concerning the president's possible declaration of a national emergency. A Republican conservative Trump supporter says this:

    “I do see the potential for national emergencies being used for every single thing that we face in the future where we can’t reach an agreement. That’s the slippery slope that I’m concerned about,” Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), a top Trump ally, told POLITICO on Thursday. “The administration is well aware of the ability to use national emergency [powers] and the reluctance to do so from House members.”

    And here is the bottom line: “It doesn’t necessarily open the government,” Meadows said. “Declaring a national emergency and funding the government are two separate decisions.”

    Right. Not to mention that declaration of a national emergency will be challenged in court, a process that might take months or even longer. Talk about muddying the waters!

    SOLUTION: Reopen the government first, then declare a national emergency to obtain funds for the wall.

  • John Kloosterman
    Posted: Fri, 01/11/2019 09:04 pm

    Declaring a national emergency after reopening the government still has all the problems Meadows talks about.  What happens when a Democratic president decides to declare a national "environmental" emergency?  Or a national "domestic shooting" crisis?

    We're conservatives.  We believe in limited government, specifically because whatever good intentions abuses of power start with, they always come around to evil uses.  Border security or not, Trump declaring a national emergency to build a wall would be an overreach of presidential power and set a dangerous precedent for proto-Obamas down the line.

  • John Kloosterman
    Posted: Fri, 01/11/2019 09:08 pm

    Good grief, does Trump even know what it is to be conservative?  Tariffs, subsidies, and now wide overreach of presidential powers.  Republicans believe (or used to) in limited government.  Declaring a national emergency is the sort of thing that could too easily come back around to bite us when a new president takes charge.

  • CaptTee's picture
    Posted: Fri, 01/11/2019 09:23 pm

    I have accounts at one bank and two credit unions which have high percentages of federal workers as account holders.  All three sent out E-Mails offering 0% interest loans to affected workers who already had accounts with them.

    So, feeling sorry for workers not getting paid is not a reason for President Trump to back down.

    All the affected workers I know decided it was a good time to take a vacation for two weeks over their kids' Christmas Break, so they haven't missed a paycheck yet.

  • Cyborg3's picture
    Posted: Sat, 01/12/2019 02:14 am

    It is the responsibility of Congress to pass the budget and the Democrats are stonewalling refusing to build the “wall” and pass the budget when we do have a crisis on the border! Three hundred a week die due to the opioid epidemic, where 90% of the drugs flow through our southern border. We have people coming from all over the world from many nations some with significant terrorist ties. Gangs are coming into our country such as MS-13 who are known for their brutality. One out of three women are sexually assaulted by the coyotes bringing them across.  Regularly we hear of people killed by illegal immigrants either by murder or man slaughter.  Not only that but the wages are driven down making it difficult for unskilled Americans to find work.  These are typically the very poorest citizens who are the most vulnerable.  The illegal immigrants take medical funds from Medicaid and financially strain our hospitals because they often cannot pay and don’t have insurance.  The schools are strained by the huge influx of illegal immigrant children, who often know little English and require significant added resources. Certainly, the majority of illegal immigrants are people coming because of economic concerns, and are not necessarily bad people in a general sense, but they did break our laws in coming to America. Still, it is the primary responsibility of the government to protect citizens and administer justice. As such, the government has a responsibility to protect the borders so the unjust don’t come in and the people are protected. The Democrat attempt to stonewall President Trump in providing justice by controlling our borders is grossly immoral! It is politically motivated so Trump doesn’t deliver on his campaign promises and shows a total disregard for the protection of the American citizens. It is also an attempt to steal future elections by allowing the illegal immigrants to vote where they will be beholden to the Democrats by all the financial goodies given and the passage of the legislation allowing them to vote, when they get the power. 

    We should recognize there is a crisis on our borders and President Trump has every right to call a national emergency. He has every right to request the Supreme Court to expedite a ruling should Democrats decide to delay the process in the courts. Trump is seeking the best for American citizens and the illegal immigrants seeking to come to the US. The Democrats on the other hand are only looking out for their political power and conquest!  

    Should Republicans fear a future abuse of power, where a Democrat President uses a false declaration of a national emergency to fulfill political goals? I think it wise for President Trump to maintain the pressure on the Democrats in Congress by continuing the government shutdown. The declaration of a national emergency on the border is valid but the president should try to force the Democrats to do the right thing by passing a significant part of the funding of the wall. If the Democrats refuse to negotiate after a month or so, then Trump should declare a national emergency. He would be wise to have the Republicans in Congress extend the funding for a few months should a court challenge draw it out too long. He would then be in position to renew the shutdown if needed in the future. So no, Trump should not fear future abuses by a Democrat president issuing a national emergency! Given the gross abuse of power by the Democrats using the Justice Department to spy on Trump, we should expect Democrats to use whatever means - legal or illegal- to continue their power! If Republicans choose not to use all of their legitimate power because of fear of Democrats future abuses, they show themselves to be naive fools! 


  • John Kloosterman
    Posted: Sat, 01/12/2019 02:32 am

    I agree that an emergency action is not the way to go, but don't put this on the democrats.  Trump said, very plainly several weeks prior to the budget crisis, that he would be proud to shut down the government over border security.  He shut down a stopgap measure that would have provided 1.6 billion for the wall and a partial measure while the budget is extended.  He WALKED OUT of a meeting with Pelosi and Schumer that was specifically about resolving the shutdown.

    This shutdown is on Trump.  And the Democrats love it, because he already said he'd take the fall.  So the longer this shutdown drags on, the more it hurts the Republicans.

  •  West Coast Gramma's picture
    West Coast Gramma
    Posted: Sat, 01/12/2019 01:39 pm

    Cyborg: Did you get your "facts" from listening to our president? No wonder they are such a mess!

  • Cyborg3's picture
    Posted: Sun, 01/13/2019 03:17 am

    John, I said the emergency action should not be the immediate choice of action. If the Democrats refuse to negotiate, like they have currently done, then the President may be forced to call a national emergency to fund the wall. He should not fear the actions of future Democrat presidents abusing the presidential powers because we already know the moral depravity of the Democrats. They WILL abuse the powers like they did against Trump using the Department of Justice to spy on him. This doesn’t even mention all the scandals that the Obama administration was involved in. 

    West Coast Gramma,

    My facts are from reliable sources and they seem such a mess to you because you get your news from the liberal leftist MSM, which is really worthless news! Please show me any errors in the facts provided!

  •  phillipW's picture
    Posted: Mon, 01/14/2019 08:27 am

    I expect to see comments like these on other websites where intelligent and educated responses don't exist.  I'm dissappointed that World readers are letting their emotions and partisan politics guide their responses here.  This is simply more and more proof that our country is becoming less and less educated and more ignorant on serious matters.

  •  Brendan Bossard's picture
    Brendan Bossard
    Posted: Tue, 01/15/2019 11:50 pm

    I think that we need to keep things in perspective here.  We have a manufactured political impasse, not an emergency.  The Visigoths are not burning and pillaging our villages.  Johnny Reb is not threating Washington, D.C.  We simply have a political impasse that requires both sides to move.  It is not all one or the other.  The saddest part of this is that both parties are treating people as pawns over a wall that ultimately is barely more than symbolic, without greater internal change.  So if we have an emergency, it is a spiritual emergency.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Wed, 01/16/2019 02:43 pm

    Hmmm...  I think we need a way to give a + or a thumbs-up to an excellent comment. 

    Mr. Bossard, I would give you a thumbs-up for what you’ve said here.