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October 23, 2013
Over the last week I've seen letter after letter in The Sun blasting Republicans for their role in the "government shutdown. " The writers claim that Republicans don't care about the government employees, they're mean-spirited, they hate children and the elderly and so on and so on. Really? Let's look at the facts. It's true that the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives wouldn't pass the continuing resolution that included money for the "Un-Affordable Care Act," but it was the Democrats in the U.S. Senate and President Barack Obama who were responsible for the partial shutdown of the government.
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Yvonne Wenger and The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2014
Nearly three-quarters of Americans say they have trust in federal employees , a spike in public confidence that some are attributing to last year's partial government shutdown. In a recent Battleground Poll by George Washington University, 22 percent of registered voters surveyed said they had "a lot" of confidence in federal workers , and 51 percent said they had "some. " The public's confidence in the federal workforce waned in 2012 and 2013 after scandals involving the Internal Revenue Service and the General Services Administration but rebounded after the shutdown last October.
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NEWS
February 22, 2011
What exactly is wrong with our elected officials? The Republicans who want to shut down the government are absurd and preposterous. People depend on Social Security and other government programs. For some, it is the only way they can eat, keep a roof over their heads and buy their prescription medications. It is inconceivable that they can even consider something this drastic. My mother is 78 years old and gets Social Security. I was just laid off because the company was shut down and am getting unemployment.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | September 1, 2014
A ruling by a federal judge in a lawsuit filed by federal employees over the government shutdown last fall has given the workers hope that they could soon be eligible for a payout. U.S. Court of Federal Claims Chief Judge Patricia Campbell-Smith declined to dismiss the lawsuit brought by some 2,000 workers who were deemed essential during the during the 16-day shutdown. The plaintiffs worked through the shutdown but didn't get paid on time for their labor. Campbell-Smith wrote in an opinion that the federal government violated the Fair Labor Standards Act, but she didn't go as far as saying that the government needed to pay the plaintiffs.
NEWS
October 8, 2013
You could blame the federal government shutdown on the Democrats for caving the last time and leading Republicans to believe they will cave again. You can blame crazy Sen. Ted Cruz for caring only about the rich and well connected. You can blame the Republicans for following his twisted path. Still the people most to blame are the voters who elected these small minded, short sighted legislators to office. William L. Akers, Windsor Mill
NEWS
October 15, 2013
The Baltimore County Office of Tourism and the Dundalk Historical Society said Tuesday the free Naval Academy Band concert that had been scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 17 in the Dundalk Middle School community auditorium has been canceled due to the government shutdown. Officials said there are no plans at this time to re-schedule. The free concert was planned as the culminating event of the Defenders Day commemoration celebrated every year in Dundalk. Staff reports
NEWS
March 3, 2011
I'm not sure what all the fuss is about regarding the government shutdown. I think the solution is quite simple: Just pay all the regular government workers their regular pay and let them continue to work — and furlough all the members of Congress. Those lawmakers should have to work around the clock without compensation instead of continuing to get paid and not resolving anything. Once they solve the budget problems they can resume getting paid. And bingo! They will "magically" come to consensus and have it solved in a day or two. David Fogle, Catonsville
NEWS
October 3, 2013
Why doesn't this arrogant Congress give up their own salaries and benefits when they shut down the government ( "No progress toward deal on shutdown," Oct. 1)? Can we vote on making that a prerequisite for their irresponsible action? Do they even think about all those poor children who can't afford school lunches? Marion Howard
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2013
Though the Maryland Transit Administration said buses and trains were running on schedule, officials said that the MARC train will make minor adjustments due to the federal government shutdown. MTA said that a special midday Brunswick Line train will operate out of Union Station at 2 p.m., making all stops to Martinsburg. As a result P875 (4:25 p.m. departure) will be canceled, MTA said. A special Camden Line train will operate out of Union Station at 2:15 p.m., making all stops to Camden.
NEWS
October 4, 2013
For Thomas F. Schaller to have written a more partisan op-ed ("Government shutdown is Republicans' fault - period," Oct. 1) would be nearly impossible. I can't help but notice his lack of intellectual honestly with regard to the political behavior of the Democrats right along with the Republicans. Obamacare became the law of the land by using nothing more than a political stunt. Democrats knew they did not have the ability get the health care reform bill through using those very same proper measures and procedures Mr. Schaller listed in his commentary.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 2014
Attendance at Maryland's national parks, including at Baltimore's Fort McHenry, dropped in 2013, thanks in part to a shutdown of the federal government that closed the parks, officials said. Maryland's two dozen national parks took in 6.6 million visits last year, down by about 40,000 from 2012. The state's parks generated $212 million in 2013, about $5 million less than the year before. Baltimore's Fort McHenry took in 678,000 visitors last year and $37,000, a drop from 2012 when the site brought in 700,000 visitors and $40,000.
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By Jules Witcover | February 21, 2014
The political equivalent of schoolyard bullying seems back in vogue to a degree seldom seen since the days of the late Sen. Joe McCarthy of Wisconsin, who used bare-knuckle intimidation to cow a whole country into viral anti-communism in the 1950s. Despite New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's assurance that "I am not a bully," more accounts of his strong-arm methods to get his way, strongly hinted in what's now known as Trafficgate, have cast him in that light. An even more pertinent comparison with McCarthy is being drawn by Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.
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By Jules Witcover | February 17, 2014
Is it possible that the adults in Congress are finally taking over? That prospect has reared its head in the decision of Republican leaders in both the House and Senate to back away from another threatened government shutdown by swallowing an uncomplicated vote to raise the federal debt ceiling. First, House Speaker John Boehner looked down the black hole of government shutdown, a potential replay of the tea-party engineered kamikaze mission in October, and refused to lead his party into it again.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | December 17, 2013
A bipartisan budget deal aimed at calming debates over U.S. fiscal policy for the next two years cleared a key vote Tuesday in the Senate, reducing the risks of another government shutdown and spending cuts that would have had an outsized impact in Maryland. But the agreement also sets up a tight timeline for congressional lawmakers - and Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, in particular - who now must decide by Jan. 15 how to divvy up $1 trillion-plus in spending.
NEWS
December 16, 2013
Well, so much for the return of reason to the Congressional budget debate. Even before the ink was dry on the bipartisan agreement that is supposed to stabilize the budget debate for the next two years - and before the Senate has even voted on the darn thing - Rep. Paul Ryan was on national television this past weekend speculating on what concessions he expects to extract for raising the debt ceiling. "We don't want nothing out of this debt limit," the House budget chairman warned on Fox News.
NEWS
December 11, 2013
At first glance, it would be tempting to condemn the bipartisan budget agreement announced late Tuesday by Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray, if only because it asks further sacrifice of the unemployed and of federal workers . Those are hardly the two groups on whose backs the rollback of certain untenable sequestration cuts should be made. Extending unemployment benefits at a time of high unemployment used to be a given in this country no matter one's political leanings. But now it appears that there's no touching the hearts of Congressional Scrooges this year.
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The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2013
Navy's athletic department has released a list of events that will and won't be played this weekend as the government shutdown continues. As is the case with Saturday's home football game against Air Force , only non-appropriated funds and resources, including staff, are being used for the events that are being played. Here's the list from Navy athletics: *The women's soccer game at American, originally scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 2, has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 3:30 PM. *The sprint football game against Penn, originally scheduled for Friday night, has been rescheduled for Friday, Nov. 1 at 7 PM. *The women's lacrosse fall scrimmage against George Washington will be played Friday night at 7:30 PM on Rip Miller Field.
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By John Fritze and Lisa Mascaro, The Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2013
Congressional negotiators announced a $1.01 trillion budget agreement on Tuesday that would avoid another government shutdown but deliver an additional round of cuts to federal employees in Maryland. The two-year deal would replace $63 billion in across-the-board spending cuts known as sequestration with more targeted budget changes, including higher retirement contributions for newly hired federal workers and an increase in airline ticket fees. In a rare moment of bipartisanship, President Barack Obama and House Republican leaders expressed support for the plan, noting that it would end a cycle of budget brinkmanship that has gripped Washington for three years and that led to a 16-day government shutdown in early October.
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By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | December 6, 2013
Sen. Ben Cardin sent a letter to Democratic Senate leaders Thursday expressing outrage over reports that a budget deal developing in Congress may include further cuts to the federal workforce -- the latest member of Maryland's delegation to push back on the possibilities of those cuts. Lawmakers in states with a high concentration of federal employees are reacting to rumors that negotiators are considering a 5.5 percentage point increase in how much federal employees would contribute toward retirement plans.
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