"This is a fumble, and we need to make sure that the president stays firm", Meadows, of North Carolina, said, as his caucus insisted the short-term deal include the Trump's request for $5 billion for his border wall.U.S. President Donald Trump will not sign legislation to fund the federal government that passed the U.S. Senate, U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters after a meeting with the president on Thursday. It's not clear if there are enough votes in the House for a bill that would include the $5 billion in border wall funding; in the Senate, where any measure will require 60 votes to clear procedural hurdles, there are nearly certainly not enough votes.Trump remained ambiguous Thursday on whether he will sign a measure temporarily funding the government in order to avoid a year-end shutdown, as he lamented a lack of funding for his desired border wall. Then it will have enough votes to pass a funding bill to send to the Republican-controlled Senate, leaving it up to Trump … [Read more...] about Trump demands wall funding, increasing threat of United States government shutdown
State government shutdown
Stephen Edelson Asbury Park Press Published 5:40 p.m. UTC Jun 21, 2018 The battle lines have been drawn in Trenton, with New Jersey lawmakers and Gov. Phil Murphy locked in contentious negotiations on a budget. And with the June 30 deadline to come up with a plan everyone can live with rapidly approaching, the specter of a government shutdown now hovers over the entire state. The squabbling could cost thousands of non-government workers dearly, too. Racetracks and casinos must close if the government shutdown extends beyond seven days. And that could happen at an incredibly bad time, with the state having spent $9 million in legal fees to bring sports betting to the state’s racetracks and casinos this month. And the sad thing is it was all avoidable. A bill in the Senate and Assembly last year would have eliminated the shutdown damage after seven days by declaring all inspectors, agents and other employees of the Casino Control Commission, the Division of Gaming … [Read more...] about Edelson: NJ sports betting at risk in state government shutdown
GOV. PHIL MURPHY Murphy, a Democrat, is a former Goldman Sachs banking executive and ex-U.S. ambassador to Germany who succeeded Republican Christie in January. He's spent the first five months of his tenure being the anti-Christie. Not only has he traded Christie's brash demeanor for corny jokes and a non-stop smile, he has also vowed to reshape New Jersey's economy and is establishing himself as one of the country's most liberal governors. Still, Murphy has never held elected office before, and this is his first state budget proposal. Privately, critics say Murphy isn’t doing enough to sell his proposal to the public and the lawmakers whose votes he’ll need. STATE SENATE PRESIDENT STEPHEN SWEENEY Sweeney hails from south Jersey and is an ironworker by trade. He’s also the second-most powerful state elected official, behind Murphy. And this isn’t his first budget. In fact, it’s his ninth as Senate president after … [Read more...] about Is N.J. really headed for another government shutdown? Here’s a look at the drama unfolding
Gov. Phil Murphy's administration put state agencies on notice Friday that they should prepare for a government shutdown if a budget isn't signed by the June 30 deadline. The letter to Murphy's cabinet members, obtained by NJ Advance Media, outlined a shutdown contingency plan. It was sent shortly after top staffers in the Senate and Assembly met with Murphy's senior staff. The meeting was hostile, according to three sources with knowledge of the event who would only speak on the condition of anonymity. It ended with an exchange of expletives. Shortly thereafter, Murphy's chief counsel, Matthew Platkin, ordered state agencies to submit their shutdown contingency plans to the governor by noon on June 11. It's unclear what the tension was over. But it came a day after Senate President Stephen Sweeney introduced a new school funding plan and mentioned that he'd be willing to endure another state government shutdown if Murphy doesn't accept it. Murphy … [Read more...] about Phil Murphy orders state agencies to prepare for a government shutdown
April McCullum Free Press Staff Writer Published 10:59 p.m. UTC May 22, 2018 Gov. Phil Scott's threat to veto the state budget raises the possibility, for the first time in Scott's tenure, that state government could shut down in July. Faced with a similar prospect last year, Scott reassured Vermonters that he would not let the government close, even though it meant ceding an important piece of leverage in tax and spending negotiations. He offered no such promises this year. "I can't assure you of anything at this point," the first-term Republican said at a recent news conference. Scott's refusal was alarming and "deeply troubling" to State Treasurer Beth Pearce, who responded in a letter to the governor, House Speaker Mitzi Johnson and Senate President Pro Tempore Tim Ashe. Pearce's message on a potential shutdown: Don't even think about it. "I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to avoid a government shutdown," Pearce … [Read more...] about Gov. Scott won’t rule out a government shutdown. What would that look like?