Federal shutdown http://kuow.org en Sen. Patty Murray Vows To Protect Programs For Poor In Budget Talks http://kuow.org/post/sen-patty-murray-vows-protect-programs-poor-budget-talks <p>US Senator Patty Murray made her budget priorities clear at a Seattle food bank on Wednesday: She wants to preserve federal programs that affect the poor, such as Head Start, federal housing assistance and food stamps. Thu, 24 Oct 2013 17:34:00 +0000 Deborah Wang 22578 at http://kuow.org Sen. Patty Murray Vows To Protect Programs For Poor In Budget Talks Can Democrats And Republicans Move Forward? http://kuow.org/post/can-democrats-and-republicans-move-forward <p>The partial government shutdown is over and the US avoided debt default this week, but the hard work is just beginning.</p><p>Members of both parties are eager to avoid another shutdown, but skepticism remains as to whether or not they can come together to strike a deal. Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Paul Ryan are bringing to the table the budget "wish lists" of both their parties with the hopes that they will be able to find a middle ground plan that will pass the House and Senate.</p><p>POLITICO congressional reporter Ginger Gibson explains the what the two parties need to create a long term budget plan. Fri, 18 Oct 2013 18:55:55 +0000 Marcie Sillman 22291 at http://kuow.org Can Democrats And Republicans Move Forward? Looking Past The Shutdown, A Local Elections Check-In, And Remembering Tom Foley http://kuow.org/post/looking-past-shutdown-local-elections-check-and-remembering-tom-foley <p>It’s Friday — time to talk over the week's news&nbsp;with&nbsp;Crosscut's&nbsp;<a href="http://crosscut.com/mossback">Knute&nbsp;</a><a href="http://crosscut.com/mossback">Berger</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://elisanders.net/">Eli Sanders</a>&nbsp;of The Stranger and KIRO 7's <a href="http://www.kirotv.com/staff/essex-porter/">Essex Porter</a>.<br /><br />Congress reached a deal to reopen the government and avoid defaulting on the national debt. Have we turned the page or will things be right back where they started come January?</p><p>Also, we remember Eastern Washington Congressman and former Speaker of the House Tom Foley, who passed away today at 84.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The panel checks in on Seattle's mayoral race and one state legislative contest that's drawing big money</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, and&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.livewireradio.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Live Wire</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;host Luke Burbank joins us from Los Angeles.</span></p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Week In Review Web Extra</span></strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We look at </span><a href="http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20131015/BLOG31/710159991/Washington-ranked-6th-for-business-tax-climate" style="line-height: 1.5;">a new study</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> that finds Washington state is doing better than most when it comes to the cost of doing business.</span> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Steve Scher 22296 at http://kuow.org Looking Past The Shutdown, A Local Elections Check-In, And Remembering Tom Foley The Cost Of The Partial Government Shutdown http://kuow.org/post/cost-partial-government-shutdown <p>The shutdown cost the economy $24 billion according to research from Standard and Poor’s . Other analysts peg it at a few billion higher or lower. But what is certain is that the shutdown had a major economic impact, curtailing&nbsp; annual growth in the fourth quarter to 2.4 percent , down from 3 percent , according to S&amp;P.</p><p>The shutdown is over, for now. The agreement passed by the Congress and signed by the President keeps the government open until January 15. The debt ceiling has been raised through February 7. Jon Talton writes a column on business and the economy for the Seattle Times, he explains what we have gained and lost from the partial government shutdown. Thu, 17 Oct 2013 20:13:17 +0000 Steve Scher 22295 at http://kuow.org House Stenographer Seizes Microphone In Bizarre Rant http://kuow.org/post/house-stenographer-seizes-microphone-bizarre-rant In one of the strangest moments of a strange few weeks on Capitol Hill, a House stenographer broke into a rant about God, the Constitution and Freemasonry as representatives cast their votes Wednesday on a deal to reopen the government.<p>"He will not be mocked," the stenographer, later identified as Dianne Reidy, yelled into the microphone at the chamber's rostrum. "The greatest deception here is that this is not one nation under God. It never was. It would not have been. The Constitution would not have been written by Freemasons. Thu, 17 Oct 2013 15:18:15 +0000 Scott Neuman 22195 at http://kuow.org Mountains Of Work Await Furloughed Workers http://kuow.org/post/mountains-work-await-furloughed-workers <p>Federal employees in Washington state and across the US who have been furloughed since Oct. 1 would return to work soon if Congress signs off on a budget deal. The Washington Post reports that employees should <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/wp/2013/10/16/furloughed-employees-typically-would-return-on-day-after-shutdown-ends/">return to work</a> the day after the partial government shutdown ends. Thu, 17 Oct 2013 00:46:34 +0000 Liz Jones 22182 at http://kuow.org Sen. Patty Murray On The Plan To End The Shutdown http://kuow.org/post/sen-patty-murray-plan-end-shutdown <p>Today, with mere hours left before the US' borrowing authority expires, the Senate released a plan that will fund the government through Jan. 15 and lift the debt limit through Feb. 7. House Speaker John Boehner has said the House will not block the Senate's deal.</p><p>It is expected to pass in both chambers, with the House voting second.. A few hours after the Senate formally introduced their plan, Ross Reynolds talked with Washington Senator Patty Murray. Wed, 16 Oct 2013 23:16:51 +0000 Ross Reynolds & Hannah Burn 22177 at http://kuow.org Sen. Patty Murray On The Plan To End The Shutdown Senate Leaders Reach Deal On Re-Opening Federal Government http://kuow.org/post/senate-leaders-reach-deal-re-opening-federal-government <p>The partial government shutdown is now in its 16th day, but it <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/17/us/congress-budget-debate.html">appears to coming to an end</a>. Senate leaders have reached a bipartisan agreement to re-open the government and temporarily raise the debt ceiling.</p><p>The deal calls for the government to be funded through January 15, and to raise the debt ceiling until February 7. Jennifer Steinhauer is a reporter for The New York Times. She speaks with Ross Reynolds about the new developments. Wed, 16 Oct 2013 22:51:14 +0000 Ross Reynolds 22174 at http://kuow.org Senate Leaders Reach Deal On Re-Opening Federal Government When Will The Government Run Out Of Money? http://kuow.org/post/when-will-government-run-out-money In the course of any given month, the government collects billions of dollars in taxes, spends billions more, and borrows money to cover the difference between what it collects and what it spends.<p>If Congress doesn't raise the debt ceiling soon, the government won't be able to borrow money to cover the difference anymore and won't be able to pay all of its bills.<p>Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has said that, after Oct. 17, the government can't guarantee that it will be able to make all its payments. Wed, 16 Oct 2013 12:44:00 +0000 editor 22136 at http://kuow.org When Will The Government Run Out Of Money? As It Happened: The Fight Over The Debt Ceiling, Shutdown http://kuow.org/post/hours-ahead-debt-deadline-senate-leaders-race-reach-deal <strong>Update at 10:18 p.m.: House Approves Bill: </strong><p>The crisis is over. With about two hours before the country reached the debt ceiling, the House has approved the bill and it is now it's way to the White House. Wed, 16 Oct 2013 11:35:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 22130 at http://kuow.org As It Happened: The Fight Over The Debt Ceiling, Shutdown Air Traffic Controllers Getting Reduced Pay Due To Shutdown http://kuow.org/post/air-traffic-controllers-getting-reduced-pay-due-shutdown-0 <p></p><p>For federal employees, Tuesday is payday. But b<span style="line-height: 1.5;">ecause of the partial government shutdown thousands of federal employees are getting a reduced paycheck.</span> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 01:48:07 +0000 Patricia Murphy 22113 at http://kuow.org Air Traffic Controllers Getting Reduced Pay Due To Shutdown Rep. McDermott Compares House To Mental Institution http://kuow.org/post/rep-mcdermott-compares-house-mental-institution-0 <p>There are more than whispers of a deal to end the shutdown today. Both the Senate and the House are working on proposals. Whether or not they will pass, however, is another question. Marcie Sillman talks with Representative Jim McDermott, D-Wash., about the politics inside Congress. Tue, 15 Oct 2013 18:18:09 +0000 Marcie Sillman & Hannah Burn 22087 at http://kuow.org Rep. McDermott Compares House To Mental Institution Student Vets Worry About Tuition Payments Amid Shutdown http://kuow.org/post/student-vets-worry-about-tuition-payments-amid-shutdown <p>For Tom Jenkins, a senior at the University of Washington and a veteran of the Air Force, the partial government shutdown has caused double stress: He has been furloughed from his part-time job as a reservist, and he may not receive veteran&rsquo;s benefits. Tue, 15 Oct 2013 16:35:00 +0000 Steve Scher & Kara McDermott 22054 at http://kuow.org Student Vets Worry About Tuition Payments Amid Shutdown How Polling Numbers Are Moving The Needle On Raising The Debt Ceiling http://kuow.org/post/how-polling-numbers-are-moving-needle-raising-debt-ceiling <p>The partial government shutdown is now 14 days old&nbsp; as the deadline for the federal government to raise its debt limit looms this Thursday. But in recent days, <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/frame_game/2013/10/shutdown_polls_how_markets_and_election_fears_are_forcing_republicans_to.html">momentum seems to be building</a> towards a short term solution. Why now?<br /><br />Slate writer <a href="http://www.slate.com/authors.william_saletan.html">Will Saletan</a> says it has a lot to do with record-low polling numbers for the GOP, and shaky financial markets. He talks with Steve Scher. Mon, 14 Oct 2013 23:31:38 +0000 Steve Scher 22049 at http://kuow.org How Polling Numbers Are Moving The Needle On Raising The Debt Ceiling How Companies Capitalize On Crises http://kuow.org/post/how-companies-capitalize-crises <p>As the partial government shutdown drags into its third week, some companies haven&rsquo;t missed the opportunity to squeeze some publicity out of it. Last week, Starbucks gave away free cups of coffee to anyone who bought another person a beverage in its stores. The company also urged customers to <a href="http://news.starbucks.com/views/if-we-come-together-our-voices-will-be-heard">sign a petition</a>, asking lawmakers to end the shutdown. Mon, 14 Oct 2013 18:53:59 +0000 Marcie Sillman 22024 at http://kuow.org How Companies Capitalize On Crises