GOP and conservative groups: The breakup begins

GOP and conservative groups: The breakup begins

By: Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman
December 12, 2013 07:10 PM EST

Reps. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.), Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) and Steve Daines (R-Mont.) leave for Christmas recess after voting for final passage of a two-year budget deal and defense authorization bills. | John Shinkle/POLITICO

A bipartisan group of lawmakers leaves the capitol after the budget vote. | John Shinkle/POLITICO

House Republicans and big money conservative groups are going through a breakup.

Groups like FreedomWorks and Heritage Action demanded Republicans reject Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget deal — or else.

But 169 Republicans approved it anyway Thursday night.

And even though the deal itself was relatively small, it’s still a big moment for House Republicans. Continue reading “GOP and conservative groups: The breakup begins”

More feds may receive early back pay Thursday

More feds may receive early back pay Thursday

Employees of the Internal Revenue Service and Customs and Border Protection may receive back pay for the recent shutdown period as early as Thursday, according to the agencies and their payroll processors.

A US Border Patrol agent stands near a crossing to Mexico at the San Ysidro port of entry. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP-Getty Images).

A US Border Patrol agent stands near a crossing to Mexico at the San Ysidro port of entry. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP-Getty Images).

Monday is the next regularly scheduled pay date for both organizations, but some agencies are trying to rush funds to their workers after they went without checks during the 16-day government closure. Continue reading “More feds may receive early back pay Thursday”

Shutdown ends; Obama signs deal

By Alexander Bolton and Pete Kasperowicz – 10/17/13 12:40 AM ET

President Obama signed into law a bipartisan deal approved by Congress to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling, the White House said early Thursday morning.

Hundreds of thousands of federal workers will return to their jobs on Thursday, and national parks and memorials shuttered for 16 days will reopen.

Lawmakers voted just hours before the Oct. 17 deadline set by the Treasury Department for raising the borrowing limit. Continue reading “Shutdown ends; Obama signs deal”

Shutdown storm looms over disaster defenses

Shutdown storm looms over disaster defenses

By: Darren Samuelsohn
October 4, 2013 04:30 PM EDT

The federal government may be mostly closed, but leaders from the White House to the Gulf Coast are presenting a brave face that they’ll still be ready for Tropical Storm Karen.

National Hurricane Center trackers never left their posts. FEMA has recalled more than 100 furloughed employees to help coordinate with state and local officials from Florida to Louisiana, plus other parts of the country affected by severe weather. President Barack Obama is even directing traffic in the first big management test of his short-handed government.

With the storm churning toward a Gulf Coast landfall starting Saturday, the administration and warring factions on Capitol Hill know there are political risks for anyone seen as bungling disaster response, even if the government is partially shut down. Continue reading “Shutdown storm looms over disaster defenses”

Agencies notifying employees of shutdown effects

Agencies notifying employees of shutdown effects

Sep. 26, 2013 – 06:00AM   |  By SEAN REILLY and NICOLE BLAKE JOHNSON   |
With a partial government shutdown five days away, at least some agencies are telling employees Thursday how they would be affected, according to officials and other sources.

With a partial government shutdown five days away, at least some agencies are telling employees Thursday how they would be affected, according to officials and other sources. (Mandel Ngan / AFP)

With a partial government shutdown five days away, at least some agencies are telling employees Thursday how they would be affected, according to officials and other sources.

At the Defense Department, the government’s largest civilian employer, supervisors are informally letting workers know whether they will be furloughed during a shutdown, spokesman Navy Cmdr. Bill Urban said. DoD Comptroller Robert Hale is set to discuss a shutdown’s potential impact at a news briefing Friday afternoon, he said.

At the Transportation Department, managers were also notifying employees Thursday of their status if operations are curtailed for lack of funding, according to an email from Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx obtained by Federal Times. Continue reading “Agencies notifying employees of shutdown effects”