government shutdown http://kut.org en Texas Vs. Utah: A Tale Of Two Government Shutdowners http://kut.org/post/texas-vs-utah-tale-two-government-shutdowners Two Tea Party-backed, defund-Obamacare-or-we'll-shut-down-the-government Senate leaders. Two very different outcomes.<p>Ted Cruz, who became the public face of the shutdown strategy with his 21-hour talkfest on the Senate floor, has gone back to Texas a conquering hero. Thu, 24 Oct 2013 19:59:30 +0000 9013 at http://kut.org Texas Vs. Utah: A Tale Of Two Government Shutdowners Congress Approves Bill To End Government Shutdown, Avert Default http://kut.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 09:45:15 +0000 8955 at http://kut.org Congress Approves Bill To End Government Shutdown, Avert Default Government Shutdown Freezes UT Research Projects in Antarctica http://kut.org/post/government-shutdown-freezes-ut-research-projects-antarctica <p>Science is another casualty of the federal government shutdown. But for Antarctic scientists the effects will linger even after the Congressional impasse is resolved.</p><p>University of Texas research associate and Antarctic geologist Joseph Levy was supposed to get on a plane Thursday headed south for the third and final year of a study about ancient ice.</p><p>But last week he was told to cancel his plans because of a lack of funding, and he says the government shutdown could jeopardize time sensitive scientific research.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F115520221&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 18:52:42 +0000 Mark Gwin 8946 at http://kut.org Government Shutdown Freezes UT Research Projects in Antarctica After White House Meeting, Both Sides Agree To Keep Talking http://kut.org/post/boehner-proposes-deal-debt-ceiling-more-talk-shutdown <h6><strong>This post was last updated at 7:19 p.m. ET.</strong></h6><p>After an hour-long meeting with President Obama, Republicans said they have agreed to keep talking, in hopes of bridging a gulf that has already led to a government shutdown and is threatening the first default in U.S. history.<p>House Speaker John Boehner and 19 other Republicans came to the White House meeting with an offer to pass a temporary extension of the $16.7 trillion debt ceiling in exchange for substantive negotiations with Democrats on other fiscal matters. Thu, 10 Oct 2013 15:52:58 +0000 Scott Neuman 8907 at http://kut.org After White House Meeting, Both Sides Agree To Keep Talking Columnist Eugene Robinson Talks Texas, Obamacare, and the Era of Gridlock http://kut.org/post/columnist-eugene-robinson-talks-texas-obamacare-and-era-gridlock-0 <p>In the mid-1970&rsquo;s, Eugene Robinson began his career in journalism. He joined&nbsp;<em>The</em> <em>Washington Post </em>in the &#39;80&#39;s, covering domestic and foreign affairs before moving on to a managing editor post.</p><p>More recently, Robinson&#39;s become known nationally as a Pulitzer prize-winning columnist and contributor to MSNBC. Prior to his appearance at the University of Texas to deliver this year&#39;s <a href="http://communication.utexas.edu/news/pulitzer-prize-winner-eugene-robinson-deliver-2013-mary-alice-davis-distinguished-lecture">Mary Alice Davis Distinguished Lecture in Journalism</a>, Robinson stopped by the KUT studios to talk about the current political climate and how the politics of Texas&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;and healthcare&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;factor into it.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F114594549" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 20:06:39 +0000 David Brown 8901 at http://kut.org Columnist Eugene Robinson Talks Texas, Obamacare, and the Era of Gridlock Investigation Into West, Texas Explosion Stopped Due to Shutdown http://kut.org/post/investigation-west-texas-explosion-stopped-due-shutdown <p>The government shutdown has halted <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/cause-blast-west-fertilizer-plant-explosion-still-unknown">the federal investigation</a> into the <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/officials-15-dead-200-injured-west-texas-explosion" target="_blank">West Fertilizer Plant explosion</a>. The explosion in April killed 15 people and injured hundreds of others.</p><p>&ldquo;Some of the brightest scientists in the world are home today rather than doing their work to protect, and give us information so that we can have the right rules and regulations to protect our environment,&rdquo; Sen. Ben Cardin, D-MD, said during a press conference yesterday. &ldquo;The monitoring and enforcement is not being done as it should be done.&rdquo; Cardin chairs the Senate Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife.</p><p>The ranks of furloughed workers includes most employees on the Chemical Safety Board, which <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/federal-agency-claims-it-was-shut-out-west-investigation" target="_blank">investigates industrial accidents</a> such as the West Fertilizer Plant explosion.</p><p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 16:30:33 +0000 Emily Mathis & Laura Rice 8889 at http://kut.org Investigation Into West, Texas Explosion Stopped Due to Shutdown House GOP's Latest Idea: A Fiscal Supercommittee, Sort Of http://kut.org/post/house-gops-latest-idea-fiscal-supercommittee-sort The latest House GOP gambit in the fiscal fight is ... wait for it ... a supercommittee.<p>But Republicans aren't calling it a supercommittee since that's the term for <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/11/21/142602820/with-no-super-deal-whats-next-in-deficit-debate">the failed panel</a> that brought us the the sequester.<p>Instead, it's called the <a href="http://docs.house.gov/billsthisweek/20131007/BILLS-113hr-PIH-bicamwrkggrp_xml.pdf">Bicameral Working Group on Deficit Reduction and Economic Growth</a>. Tue, 08 Oct 2013 20:17:50 +0000 Frank James, NPR 8887 at http://kut.org House GOP's Latest Idea: A Fiscal Supercommittee, Sort Of Which Texas Congress Members Are Taking a Salary During the Shutdown? http://kut.org/post/which-texas-congress-members-are-taking-salary-during-shutdown <p></p><p>It&rsquo;s <a href="http://kut.org/post/no-end-sight-shutdown-showdown-enters-week-two">week two of the government shutdown</a>. And while thousands of government workers have been furloughed, members of congress continue to collect their pay.</p><p>Some congress members recognize the bad optics of the situation. As <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/10/01/which-lawmakers-will-refuse-their-pay-during-the-shutdown/?tid=ts_carousel">reported by the Washington Post</a>, more than a hundred congressmen are refusing their salaries, or donating their salaries to charity, for the duration of the shutdown. Rep. Pete&nbsp;Gallego (D-Texas)&nbsp;<a href="http://gallego.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/gallego-files-legislation-to-hold-members-of-congress-accountable-in">has even filed a bill</a>, the Shutdown Member of Congress Pay Act of 2013, that would suspend members&#39; salary during the shutdown.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 21:45:22 +0000 Emily Mathis 8870 at http://kut.org Which Texas Congress Members Are Taking a Salary During the Shutdown? No End In Sight: Shutdown Showdown Enters Week 2 http://kut.org/post/no-end-sight-shutdown-showdown-enters-week-two The second week of the shutdown is, so far, looking a lot like Week 1. Even so, here are a few data points that might be worth your attention:<p><strong>U.S. Mon, 07 Oct 2013 13:23:54 +0000 Scott Neuman 8867 at http://kut.org No End In Sight: Shutdown Showdown Enters Week 2 Shutdown Solution? None To Be Seen Yet, But Sides Will Talk http://kut.org/post/shutdown-solution-theres-none-be-seen-just-yet (We most recently <strong>updated this post</strong> at 8:31 p.m. Wed, 02 Oct 2013 14:12:09 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 8836 at http://kut.org Shutdown Solution? None To Be Seen Yet, But Sides Will Talk Six Ways a Federal Government Shutdown Affects Austin (Update) http://kut.org/post/six-ways-federal-government-shutdown-affects-austin-update <p><strong>Update: </strong>The federal shutdown has happened and it&#39;s affecting some Central Texans.</p><p>All three presidential libraries in the state are closed &ndash; including the <a href="http://www.lbjlibrary.org/footer/plan-your-visit/" target="_blank">LBJ Presidential Library</a> in Austin. The San Antonio Missions and Big Bend National Park are also closed.</p><p>At Fort Hood, some civilian workers are now on furlough and <a href="http://www.piersystem.com/external/content/document/3439/1918858/1/FT%20HOOD%20SHUTDOWN%20PLAN%202013%20%28FY14%29.pdf" target="_blank">many services on the post are either shut down or scaled back</a> &ndash; including the commissary. Right now, the medical center at Fort Hood will be open at least through the rest of this week.</p><p>NASA employees &ndash; including those at the Johnson Space Center are also being affected. Tue, 01 Oct 2013 12:43:04 +0000 Emily Mathis & Laura Rice 8822 at http://kut.org Six Ways a Federal Government Shutdown Affects Austin (Update) No End In Sight As Government Shutdown Nears First Full Day http://kut.org/post/no-end-sight-government-shutdown-begins <strong>Update at 8:18 p.m. ET. Impasse: </strong><p>As first day of a federal government shutdown came to a close, Congress was not any closer to a resolution.<p>Case in point: Republicans in the House proposed three bills that would have reopened national parks, the Department of Veteran's Affairs and kept the D.C. government afloat. Tue, 01 Oct 2013 09:49:33 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 8830 at http://kut.org No End In Sight As Government Shutdown Nears First Full Day Shutdown Begins After Congress Fails In Spending Compromise http://kut.org/post/shutdown-begins-after-congress-fails-spending-compromise House Republicans and Senate Democrats could not reach agreement by the midnight deadline on a spending bill to keep the government operating, triggering an immediate shutdown of nonessential services and the furlough of nonessential personnel potentially affecting hundreds of thousands of federal workers.<p><strong>Updated at 1:40 a.m. ET, House Speaker Boehner's Comments</strong>:<p>House Speaker John Boehner spoke to the media at 1:15 a.m. ET. He said, in part, "The Senate has continued to reject our offers. Tue, 01 Oct 2013 05:38:50 +0000 Scott Neuman 8829 at http://kut.org Shutdown Begins After Congress Fails In Spending Compromise The Looming Shutdown: Senate Rejects Second House Measure http://kut.org/post/looming-shutdown-senate-rejects-house-bill Not even an hour after the House voted in favor of a bill that would avert a shutdown of the federal government, but also delay a key part of President Obama's Affordable Care Act, the Senate rejected it with a vote of 54-46.<p>With less than an hour before the government runs out of authority to spend money, the ball is now back in the court of Speaker John Boehner in the House.<p>It's a game of legislative tennis that's been going on for days. Mon, 30 Sep 2013 19:04:12 +0000 8825 at http://kut.org The Looming Shutdown: Senate Rejects Second House Measure