Posts tagged government
Posts tagged government
Vice President Joe Biden welcomes thousands of federal workers back with muffins and his BFD grin.
Because of course he did.
You guys… Drunk dial Congress!
Just in time for the weekend…
That one time the U.S. government broke Wu-Tang Clan…
U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson tells Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., to sit down and shut up after he made a motion to force the court to hear his two-year-old lawsuit against Attorney General Eric Holder over Fast and Furious.
Dahlia Lithwick of Slate explains:
"Federal courts around the country have been struggling this week to contend with truly hellish delays in the administration of justice. Almost every civil case that involves the U.S. government has been halted in the New York courts. The ACLU acceded to a delay in a challenge to the Obama drone strikes policy. DOJ sought a stay in a massive case regarding the proposed merger of US Airways and AMR and in the voting-rights lawsuit challenging the Texas voter ID law.
Nevertheless, the oversight committee filed a motion requesting that the suit against Eric Holder go forward, claiming that the ‘Department’s Contingency Plan provides that Department employees may continue to work on matters necessary to the discharge of the President’s constitutional duties and powers.’ In other words, the matter was sufficiently urgent that furloughed DOJ lawyers should be forced to volunteer their services to work on the case without pay.”
The tl;dr version: Y’all just got spanked, and hard.
Fine. If you take Ted Cruz back, we will keep Celine Dion and Nickelback.
It was a difficult decision to make, but he has clearly damaged America beyond what either of those two forces of awful could do.
Please. Take him. Keeping Bryan Adams is also on the table.
Tremendous honor to meet these WWII veterans this morning and help them gain access to their memorial.
“We’re very excited. It’s exactly what we wanted, and we got it.” — Michele Bachmann on the prospect of a government shutdown, Sept. 28th, 2013.
"This is about the happiest I’ve seen [U.S. House] members in a long time because we’ve seen we’re starting to win this dialogue on a national level." — Michele Bachmann on Sean Hannity’s show Wednesday night.
So while she smiles and poses for the camera with veterans, remember: Denying access to the memorial is exactly what the GOP wanted, until the camera is pointed at them.
Oh, and those vets? They may have access to their memorial, but within 30 days or less, they won’t have their pensions and disability payments. Veterans receiving the GI Bill are already affected, and services like new claims, receipt of death benefits, and burials in national cemeteries are being performed only intermittently — or not at all.
Keep smiling, you heartless clown.
For those who think the government shutdown affects just a few people, U.S. Uncut provides evidence to the contrary. This is happening in all 50 states. Some states have enough to last through the month. And some states have nothing with which to fund these programs. In Cedar Rapids, Iowa, new vouchers (worth an average of $55 a month) were not issued, and the agency has funds to operate for just ten days.
From The Gazette:
The WIC program appears to be taking the brunt of the shutdown, at least for now, and for people such as Sarah Regan, 33, of Cedar Rapids, it means finding an alternative or going without.
Regan, who just delivered her baby Kendyl two weeks ago, is on unpaid maternity leave, and has been counting on WIC for core items like milk, bread, eggs and cheese through her pregnancy. When she showed up at the office for her appointment on Tuesday, she was surprised the government shutdown cost her her WIC payment.
“I knew there was a shutdown, but I did not realize it would affect everyone on a personal level,” Regan said. “We will just have to find another way to supplement our food, or just have to go without until it comes through. There’s no fall back. It’s just wait and see when this ends.”
And to think, according to a GOP congressman at a fundraiser, this was all to appease the Tea Party. Yet another case of kicking the poor to thrill the rich.
A planned Ku Klux Klan rally at a historic landmark of American history won’t happen due to the federal government shutdown.
Hey, look! A silver lining!
Everyone, give the Republicans in the U.S. House a big round of applause.