Federal shutdown

The Week In Review
4:48 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Seattle Mayor's Race Debate, And A Possible Compromise For Shutdown

It’s Friday — time to talk over the week's news with Joni Balter of the Seattle Times, Crosscut's Knute Berger and Eli Sanders of The Stranger. 

Seattle incumbent mayor Mike McGinn and challenger state Senator Ed Murray met in their first televised debate this week. Our panel weighs in on the candidate's performance and the latest polling. Word of a compromise is heard from Washington, D.C., as the partial government shutdown continues into a second week. Where does the Washington state delegation stand? Plus, Live Wire host Luke Burbank dials in from Chicago.

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More from KUOW
3:23 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Partisanship Unswayed By Federal Shutdown

Washington State Representative Matt Manweller.
From Matt Manweller's Facebook page.

When it comes to Washingtonian sentiment about government gridlock, partisan politics is the name of the game.  Whether it’s here in the Puget Sound region, or in the Central and Eastern parts of the state, political leanings are the lens through which Washington residents are viewing the crisis.

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Shutdown Activities
12:49 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

NOAA Continues Only Essential Work In Seattle: Feeding The Fish

Access to the NOAA Sandpoint facility in Seattle is restricted to a skeleton crew of employees who are considered essential.
KUOW Photo/Audrey Carlsen

Paychecks and research have come to a halt at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Seattle due to the partial government shutdown. Some NOAA researchers have been given special dispensation to come in to work only to feed the fish and invertebrates they study.

Morale at NOAA is pretty low for the skeleton crew that continues to come in to forecast the weather. So on Thursday they held a potluck to raise their spirits, serving up dishes with names like sequester quencher soda and filibuster parfait.

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Spending Bill Vote
12:08 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Pressure Mounts On Congressional Republicans

The federal government is still in a partial shutdown. On Thursday, President Obama met with lawmakers from either side, but no agreement was reached. As pressure mounts, some House Republicans have said they will vote for a clean spending bill, no strings attached. Washington's Representative Dave Reichert is one of them. Steve Scher talks with Andrea Seabrook of DecodeDC.

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NIH Closure
2:37 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Cancer Patient's Hope For Treatment Thwarted By Shutdown

Flickr Photo/Nicki Dugan

Sharon Beatty of Everett was diagnosed with stage four melanoma in June. The prognosis isn’t good. She hasn’t responded well to chemotherapy, and her family was pinning its hopes on a vaccine trial at the Clinical Research Center of the National Institutes of Health.

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Government Shutdown
2:34 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

With Shutdown, Student Veterans Face Uncertainty Over Benefits

University of Washington ROTC's Veterans Day 2012 ceremony.
Courtesy of HUMV/Sarah Koopai

The government's partial shutdown has put many federal benefits at risk, including education benefits for veterans covered by the Post 9/11 GI Bill. That money goes towards tuition, housing, books and more.  Steve Scher talks with Tom Jenkins, a senior at UW and president of Husky United Military Veterans about how the shutdown is affecting student veterans.

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Congressional Controversies
4:43 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Matt Taibbi On The Government Shutdown And Coming D.C. Debt Ceiling Fight

With the federal government shut down for the first time since 1996, Congress is now heading toward a fight over raising the nation's debt ceiling. What would it mean for the US government to default on the debt? David Hyde talks with Rolling Stone financial writer and contributing editor Matt Taibbi.

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Politics
4:19 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Fueling The Federal Shutdown: Republican Infighting

World War II veterans visit the World War II Memorial in Washington on Wednesday despite barriers erected after the shutdown.
AP Photo/Susan Walsh

Photos of the government shutdown have not been kind to Republicans: Images of children who can’t play in parks that have been closed and of low-income children who can’t attend Head Start, the government's early education program. And then, of course, are the images of tourists squeezing between national monuments and barriers for posed shots.

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Federal Shutdown
9:26 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Shutting National Parks No Fun For Rangers Or Visitors

Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 5:01 pm

The effects of the partial federal government shutdown are rippling across the Northwest.

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Worker Furloughs And Closures
3:56 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

How The Government Shutdown Is Being Felt In Washington State

National sites such as Mount Rainier and the Klondike Gold Rush Museum in Seattle were closed due to the federal government shutdown.
Flickr Photo/Tom Bridge

Congress has failed to reach a deal to fund the federal government, leading to the first shutdown in 17 years. We hear from furloughed worker Kurt Morley about how the shutdown is affecting him and talk with Chris Grygiel of the Associated Press about what's open and what's closed today in Washington state.

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Government Shutdown
9:59 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Partial Government Shutdown Fouls Up Park Visits

Jimmy Emerson Flickr

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 5:38 pm

Closed national parks will be one of the first visible effects of the partial government shutdown expected to begin Tuesday. National forest and BLM campgrounds will also close.

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Federal Budget Crisis
11:35 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Enough Blame To Go Around - Will The Government Shutdown?

The new fiscal year starts October 1, so a bill to fund the government must be passed by both chambers in Congress and signed by Obama by midnight tonight. Republicans blame Democrats and Democrats blame Republicans about the current stalemate.

According to Chris Vance, there is more than enough blame to go around. Vance is the former Republican Party state chairman for Washington and the co-chair of the Washington chapter of the Campaign to Fix the Debt. He joins David Hyde to discuss negotiations, or the lack thereof, by both parties in our government.

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