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Midnight shutdown creeps closer as US Congress debates budget

Midnight shutdown creeps closer as US Congress debates budget.....»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarFeb 9th, 2018

US gov’t in shutdown

WASHINGTON - The US government slid into its second shutdown in three weeks early Friday after a senator in President Donald Trump’s own Republican Party blocked a vote on a bipartisan budget deal before a midnight deadline. The upper chamber of Congress closed up shop late Thursday and reopened in….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsFeb 9th, 2018

US government in shutdown as Senate misses midnight funding deadline

WASHINGTON, D.C.: The US government slid into its second shutdown in three weeks early Friday after a senator in President Donald Trump’s own Republican Party blocked a vote on a bipartisan budget deal before a midnight deadline. The upper chamber of Congress closed up shop late Thursday and reopened in the dark of night for [...] The post US government in shutdown as Senate misses midnight funding deadline appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsFeb 9th, 2018

‘TRUMP SHUTDOWN’ | Some US Embassy services, not all, stay open in budget winter

MANILA – President Donald Trump and the U.S. Congress failed to meet a midnight Friday deadline (mid-Saturday PH time) to pass a short-term bill to extend federal funding, forcing some government facilities to shutdown. On late Saturday, January 20, the US Embassy in Manila’s press attache Molly Koscina, announced: “All routine and emergency consular, Social […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJan 21st, 2018

US Senate leaders reach budget deal on eve of shutdown deadline

WASHINGTON, D.C.: US Senate leaders said on Wednesday they had reached a bipartisan budget deal for 2018 and 2019—a move which, if approved by Congress, would avert a second government shutdown in just three weeks. The deal, months in the making, was seen as a major achievement for both the ruling Republicans and opposition Democrats [...] The post US Senate leaders reach budget deal on eve of shutdown deadline appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsFeb 8th, 2018

Trump laments nice present of shutdown on inauguration anniversary

WASHINGTON, United States – US President Donald Trump marked the first anniversary of his inauguration on Saturday with his government in shutdown, lashing out at Democrats over the collapse of budget negotiations as lawmakers seek to thrash out a deal. When the clock struck midnight, federal services began to halt or ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 20th, 2018

US government shuts down; Dems, GOP blame each other

WASHINGTON --- The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, halting all but the most essential operations and marring the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump's inauguration in a striking display of Washington dysfunction. Last-minute negotiations crumbled as Senate Democrats blocked a four-week stopgap extension in a late-night vote, causing the fourth government shutdown in a quarter century. Behind the scenes, however, leading Republicans and Democrats were trying to work out a compromise to avert a lengthy shutdown. Congress scheduled an unusual Saturday session to begin considering a three-week version of the short-term spending measure -- a...Keep on reading: US government shuts down; Dems, GOP blame each other.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 20th, 2018

Congress eyes temporary budget as U.S. shutdown deadline looms

WASHINGTON DC, USA – US lawmakers will resort to passing a short-term federal spending deal next week to avoid an embarrassing government shutdown, House Speaker Paul Ryan said Friday, January 12, as prospects for a long-term 2018 agreement dimmed. A move to extend temporary funding beyond the January 19 deadline would ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 13th, 2018

U.S. Congress approves funding stopgap averting gov t shutdown

WASHINGTON DC, USA – The US Congress, facing an end-of-week deadline, passed a funding stopgap measure Thursday, December 7, that averts a government shutdown and provides lawmakers and President Donald Trump with breathing room to strike a 2018 budget deal. The Senate easily passed the bipartisan measure that funds government ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 8th, 2017

Congress moves to avoid US government shutdown, talks resume Friday

The US Congress on Thursday moved rapidly to send President Donald Trump a short-term funding bill that would avert a government shutdown this weekend, leaving fights over budget priorities and other controversial issues for later this month. Source link link: Congress moves to avoid US government shutdown, talks resume Friday.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsDec 8th, 2017

House Republicans working on averting another shutdown

House Republican leaders are grappling for a strategy to avert another US government shutdown at midnight Thursday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2018

Families of victims shed tears as Congress OKs bill banning hazing

MANILA, Philippines – In front of victims’ families, the Senate, voting 19-0, passed on third and final reading the bill banning all forms of hazing, making the measure one step closer to becoming a law. The families of young victims – 22-year-old Horacio “Atio” Castillo III, 18-year-old Guillo Servando, and ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 12th, 2018

Senate Approves Budget Deal, Too Late to Avert Shutdown

The U.S. Senate approved a budget deal including a stopgap government funding bill early on Friday, but it was too late to prevent a federal shutdown that was already underway in an embarrassing setba.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsFeb 9th, 2018

Trump signs bill ending government shutdown

WASHINGTON, DC, USA (UPDATED) – US President Donald Trump signed a crucial spending bill Friday, February 9, reopening the US government after a brief shutdown, the second in 3 weeks, and a night of high drama in Congress. Trump announced the signing on his Twitter account, hailing the bill's passage in ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 9th, 2018

Midnight U.S. shutdown almost certain as senator holds up spending bill

WASHINGTON DC, USA (UPDATED) – The US government on Thursday, February 8, slid toward an all-but-certain shutdown as congressional leaders appeared unable to overcome a stumbling block in efforts to pass a stopgap spending bill before midnight. With just hours to go before current federal funding expires, the White House urged ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 9th, 2018

House Republicans working on averting another shutdown

WASHINGTON — House Republican leaders are grappling for a strategy to avert another US government shutdown at midnight Thursday.  .....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 6th, 2018

Nuclear concerns push ‘Doomsday Clock’ closer to midnight

MOUNTING concerns about the possibility of a nuclear war, along with US President Donald Trump’s “unpredictability” have pushed the symbolic “Doomsday Clock” to two minutes before midnight, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists said Thursday. The clock -- which serves as a metaphor for how close humanity is to destroying the….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsFeb 3rd, 2018

Goodbye BBL, Hello Federalism

COTABATO CITY – For the third time around, majority Christian lawmakers in the House of Representatives are expected to reject the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law or BBL being pushed by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, which signed an interim peace deal with Manila in 2014. Instead of BBL, lawmakers are now pushing for a federal form of government and President Rodrigo Duterte is also strongly advocating the shift to federalism, an advocacy he made even before when he was the mayor of Davao City. Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque also said Duterte’s priority now is to change the form of current government and this can only be achieved through amendments in the Constitution which lawmakers are currently working on. There was also a proposal to hold a plebiscite next year in time for the mid-term elections for Filipinos to decide whether to accept or reject federalism. But there are also many lawmakers who wanted to cling to power and extend their term of office until 2022 when voters would have to choose their leaders in national elections. BBL Duterte has previously backed the BBL and expressed optimism that the draft law will pass the scrutiny of Congress that previously opposed it – during Arroyo and Aquino’s presidency. But Duterte himself has been campaigning for BBL and federalism even before he won the presidency in 2016. And his political allies in Congress are supporting the proposed shift from the current presidential system to federalism, and not the BBL. The MILF, whose ageing leaders, called for the passage of BBL may be overridden by Duterte’s plans to grant regions autonomy through federalism. It said the administration of Duterte should immediately work for the passage of the BBL where the Aquino government left off. It stressed that the negotiation is completed following the signing of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) and the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) between the MILF and government peace panels. Politicians questioning the BBL said the provisions in the draft law remain the same.  Zamboanga City Representative Celso Lobregat, who was one of those who opposed the BBL during the Aquino administration citing unconstitutional provisions in the draft law, is again raising the same issue. Unconstitutional In a previous statement, Lobregat made it clear, he will be vigilant and consistent with his stand with regards to the BBL. “I am for peace, I am not anti-peace, but we need a Bangsamoro Basic Law that is just, that is fair, that is acceptable, feasible and more importantly, it should not be contrary to the Constitution and existing laws,” he said. He said the BBL which the Bangsamoro Transition Commission submitted to Duterte still contains the same and even more contentious and questionable provisions. “Among the contentious provisions in the present version of the BBL is that there will be six plebiscites – one for ratification of the law, and second the periodic plebiscite every 5 years for a period of 25 years in the cities, municipalities and other geographic areas outside the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao which did not join the Bangsamoro after the ratification of the BBL,” Lobregat said. Lobregat, who was also former mayor of Zamboanga City, said Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD) was the predecessor of the old BBL filed during the previous 16th Congress. The MOA-AD was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 2008 describing the process that led to its crafting as “whimsical, capricious, oppressive, arbitrary and despotic.” He said the MOA-AD and the BBL have similar provisions, with some unconstitutional and controversial provisions. “Instead of promoting peace, there will be a constant tug of war on the political boundaries that will promote instability. The Bangsamoro will try to expand its area of jurisdiction and in turn, the local government adjacent, surrounding or neighboring the Bangsamoro will also fight tooth and nail in order to retain their territory,” Lobregat said. Lobregat said he will again be active and vigilant in the committee deliberations, plenary debates and caucuses to ensure that the interest of Zamboanga City and the rest of Mindanao are protected. Davao del Norte Representative and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Duterte’s ally in the lower chamber, said the country’s push for federalism has almost the same concept of the BBL. “The BBL will be absorbed by the federal form of government, because that’s the same. The concept of BBL is the same in federal form of government,” he said, suggesting an amendment in the Constitution. “How can you implement the provisions of the BBL without amending the Constitution? You cannot do it because there are provisions in the BBL that run contrary to the provisions of the Constitution,” said Alvarez. MILF’s rival group, the Moro National Liberation Front under Nur Misuari, has strongly opposed the government peace talks with the MILF, citing a 1996 peace accord with Manila. And Misuari, who eventually became government of the Muslim autonomous region, is now facing rebellion charges for deadly attacks in Sulu’s Jolo town and in Zamboanga City in 2001; and another raid in 2013 in retaliation to government’s failure to fully comply with the peace agreement. Under the accord, Manila would have provided a mini-marshal plan in the restive region and livelihood and housing facilities for thousands of MNLF rebels. Misuari, a close friend and political ally of Duterte, also wanted to become a perpetual regional governor. He is also […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJan 27th, 2018

Nuclear concerns push Doomsday Clock closer to midnight

WASHINGTON, DC, USA – Mounting concerns about the possibility of a nuclear war along with US President Donald Trump's "unpredictability" have pushed the symbolic "Doomsday Clock" to two minutes before midnight, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists said Thursday. The clock – which serves as a metaphor for how close humanity is ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 25th, 2018

US crisis over

WASHINGTON — Congress put the US government back in business Monday by voting to end a three-day shutdown, as President Donald Trump claimed victory in his standoff with Democrats in Washington. The House voted 266 to 150 to extend federal funding, hours after Senate Democrats dropped their opposition to the… Source link link: US crisis over.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJan 24th, 2018

US crisis over

WASHINGTON -- Congress put the US government back in business Monday by voting to end a three-day shutdown, as President Donald Trump claimed victory in his standoff with Democrats in Washington. The House voted 266 to 150 to extend federal funding, hours after Senate Democrats dropped their opposition to the….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJan 23rd, 2018