• November 25, 2014

Shutdown 2013

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For U.S., shutdown embarrasses but damage won’t last

WASHINGTON — It’s going to take a lot more political bungling to do any permanent damage to America’s reputation or wreck its financial markets.

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Thursday 10/17/2013
Congress votes to end shutdown, avoid U.S. default
Updated: October 30, 2014 - 8:04 pm

WASHINGTON — Up against a deadline, Congress passed and sent a waiting President Barack Obama legislation late Wednesday night to avoid a threatened national default and end the 16-day partial government shutdown, the culmination of an epic political drama that placed the U.S. economy at risk.

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Wednesday 10/16/2013
Senate pushes forward after House shutdown plan fails
Posted: October 16, 2013

WASHINGTON — Time growing desperately short, Senate leaders took command of efforts to avert a Treasury default and end the partial government shutdown Tuesday night after a last big attempt by House Republicans abruptly collapsed.

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Tuesday 10/15/2013
Shutdown deal in sight? Senate leaders Reid, McConnell optimistic
Updated: October 28, 2014 - 8:02 pm

WASHINGTON — Racing the clock, the Senate’s Democratic and Republican leaders closed in on a deal Monday night to avoid an economy-menacing Treasury default and end the two-week partial government shutdown.

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For Obama, budget fight has high stakes for agenda
Updated: October 28, 2014 - 8:02 pm

WASHINGTON — For President Barack Obama, the outcome of this week’s fiscal fights with Republicans could have broad consequences for his stalled second-term agenda.

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Monday 10/14/2013
Spending stumbling block to budget deal
Updated: October 26, 2014 - 8:00 pm

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans and Democrats hit an impasse Sunday over spending in their last-ditch struggle to avoid an economy-jarring default in just four days and end a partial government shutdown that’s entering its third week.

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Crowd pushes through barriers at WWII Memorial
Updated: October 26, 2014 - 8:00 pm

WASHINGTON — A crowd converged on the World War II Memorial on the National Mall on Sunday, pushing past barriers to protest the memorial’s closing under the government shutdown.

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Saturday 10/12/2013
Shutdown stalls VA claims, adds to backlog
Posted: October 12, 2013

The Texas Veterans Commission helps veterans file disability claims, which have stalled amid the government shutdown — adding to an already significant backlog.

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Friday 10/11/2013
Hope? Debt, shutdown talks but no deal yet
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 8:00 pm

WASHINGTON — The nation’s economy on the line, President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans groped inconclusively Thursday for a compromise to avert an unprecedented U.S. default as early as next week and end the 10-day-old partial government shutdown.

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Friday 10/11/2013
President Obama signs bill to pay military death benefits
Posted: October 11, 2013

WASHINGTON — Families of fallen troops will be assured of receiving death benefits under legislation President Barack Obama signed Thursday amid a national firestorm over the payments being suspended during the partial government shutdown.

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Obama administration will let states pay to reopen national parks
Posted: October 11, 2013

WASHINGTON — Under pressure from governors, the Obama administration said Thursday it will allow some shuttered national parks to reopen — as long as states use their own money to pay for park operations.

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Thursday 10/10/2013
Markets perk up on US debt ceiling hopes
Posted: October 10, 2013

Financial markets were decidedly perkier Thursday as President Barack Obama was set to meet with top Republican leaders in an effort to end the budget impasse that has gripped Washington over the past few weeks.

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VA chief to Congress: Veterans will lose income if shutdown persists
Updated: October 22, 2014 - 8:00 pm

WASHINGTON — Millions of the country’s veterans could see their compensation payments halt if the political stalemate over the federal budget keeps parts of the government shuttered into late October, the head of the Department of Veterans Affairs told Congress on Wednesday.

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Shutdown could cancel Fishing for Freedom
Posted: October 10, 2013

The eighth annual Fishing for Freedom bass tournament is in danger of a last-minute cancellation due to closed boat ramps at Fort Hood’s Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area.

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Wednesday 10/09/2013
Army funding issues limiting moves
Posted: October 09, 2013

FORT HOOD — Many transition services are operational again at Fort Hood, but not all of the funding has been fully restored, leaving some soldiers in the lurch.

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Obama, Boehner trade barbs, hints of compromise
Posted: October 09, 2013

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner offered hints of possible compromise but also traded heated rhetoric Tuesday, a frustratingly inconclusive combination that left the eight-day partial government shutdown firmly in place and the threat of an unprecedented national default drawing closer.

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Sunday 10/06/2013
Shutdown brings varied impact to Fort Hood services
Posted: October 06, 2013

Fort Hood residents can still utilize their bowling alley, but not the program for special-needs children. They can buy booze, but not groceries.

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Hagel: Pentagon civilians to return to work
Updated: October 18, 2013 - 9:15 pm

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon announced Saturday that it would order almost all of its 350,000 civilian employees furloughed by the government shutdown back to work this week, a surprise move that will restore normalcy to a vast swath of government.

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Shutdown slows some services at Darnall facilities
Posted: October 06, 2013

FORT HOOD — The squeeze of the government shutdown is causing a slowdown in medical services at Fort Hood’s Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center.

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Sunday 10/06/2013
Government shutdown halts training of border agents
Posted: October 06, 2013

McALLEN — By early next year, the Border Patrol’s busiest sector on the Southwest border was supposed to receive about 350 freshly trained agents from its academy in New Mexico.

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Saturday 10/05/2013
Army delays change of duty stations amid shutdown
Posted: October 05, 2013

The ongoing government shutdown led to Armywide orders Friday suspending all permanent changes of duty stations and temporary duty assignments.

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Shutdown yet to impact home sales in Killeen
Posted: October 05, 2013

Home sales in the Killeen area haven’t been immediately impacted by the government shutdown.

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Friday 10/04/2013
Budget, debt limit unresolved on shutdown’s third day
Updated: October 17, 2014 - 8:07 pm

Three days into a government shutdown, President Barack Obama pointedly blamed House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday for keeping federal agencies closed, while the bitter budget dispute moved closer to a more critical showdown over the nation’s line of credit. The Treasury warned of calamitous results if Congress fails to raise the debt limit.

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No deer hunting on Fort Hood until further notice
Updated: October 04, 2013 - 3:15 pm

The Fort Hood deer bow hunting season was halted until further notice due to the government shutdown.

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Sam’s Clubs to waive membership for military during gov’t shutdown
Updated: October 04, 2013 - 3:15 pm

HARKER HEIGHTS — In response to commissaries being closed by the the federal government shutdown, the Harker Heights Sam’s Club, along with clubs nationwide, is waiving membership requirements for military personnel, retirees, spouses and their families, according to Sam’s Club officials.

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Thursday 10/03/2013
Shots heard at Capitol, building under lockdown
Updated: October 04, 2013 - 3:15 pm

Police say the U.S. Capitol has been put on a security lockdown amid reports of possible shots fired outside the building.

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Furloughed Fort Hood workers seek unemployment benefits
Updated: October 04, 2013 - 3:15 pm

More than 110 government employees visited Central Texas Workforce Centers since receiving furlough notices Tuesday.

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Government shutdown hasn’t impacted schools — for now
Updated: October 04, 2013 - 3:15 pm

While many government programs are feeling the impact of the federal government shutdown, public schools have been relatively immune to the squeeze — for now.

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Wednesday 10/02/2013
Fort Hood reduces services; soldiers take over offices
Updated: October 04, 2013 - 3:15 pm

FORT HOOD — While officials continued to emphasize the minimal impact of the government shutdown on post services, signs of closure could be seen all around Fort Hood on Tuesday.

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