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MessagePosté le: Jeu 10 Oct - 09:51 (2013)    Sujet du message: HOW THE SHUTDOWN THREATENS SOME HOME OWNERS Répondre en citant

HOW THE SHUTDOWN THREATENS SOME HOME OWNERS

By Rick Newman | The Exchange – Mon, Oct 7, 2013 4:58 PM EDT



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At first, the government shutdown only seemed to affect bureaucrats in Washington. But the longer it persists, the more it is harming ordinary people who never knew they had a stake in Washington’s nauseating political battles.

The government has told about 60 home owners in southern Nevada, for instance, that they need to leave their property for the duration of the shutdown, because their homes sit on federal land in the Lake Mead Recreational Area. Since Lake Mead is managed by the feds, anybody who happens to own a home within its boundaries is technically a “visitor” subject to the same lockout that applies to tourists, hikers, campers or sportsmen seeking access to federal land.

The rules governing Lake Mead say that the only homes allowed there must be vacation homes, with the owners having a primary residence someplace else, so they’re not considered full-time, year-round residents of the park. But some home owners apparently got into the habit of spending most of their time at Lake Mead, anyway. Joyce Spencer, 77, said she and her husband Ralph, who is 80, had to move in with nearby family after a park ranger told them they had 24 hours to evacuate the Lake Mead home they’ve owned since the 1970s. “I had to buy Ralph undershirts and jeans because I forgot his pants," Joyce Spencer told TV station KTNV. “I had to be sure and get his walker and his scooter.”



Lake Mead/AP Photos As infuriating as it might be to get kicked out of your home thanks to combative politicians, there doesn’t seem to be much Lake Mead owners can do about it. Anybody who defies the order to leave can be issued a citation -- and sent to jail if they try to protest by not paying it. Bob Hitchcock, 71, who owns a cabin on the shores of Lake Mead, told the Las Vegas Review Journal that he thought about staying on the property and challenging the order to leave. “Are they really going to come down hard on somebody for trespassing inside his own home?” he wondered. But then he decided they might do exactly that, and chose to sit tight in his Las Vegas home until the shutdown is over.

Strict new prohibitions on entering federal lands since the shutdown went into effect are surely coming as a surprise to thousands of people who use the national parks every day. The government says all national parks and other types of properties it administers are closed, though it’s obviously impossible to secure every trailhead or other entrance to millions of acres of wilderness. Plus, there’s now only limited staff to patrol the parks, since more than 21,000 park service employees—nearly 90% of the total--have been furloughed. Without a doubt, there are some campers in back-country areas along the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail and other forest ways who aren’t even aware of the shutdown, and might just disappear back into the woods if they learned about it. Plus, it's fall, which is peak time for leaf-peeping and for tourists hoping to take advantage of thinned-out summer crowds.

Still, as the shutdown drifts into a second week, it’s beginning to impact people far from Washington in ways that are both deliberate and unintentional. Preschool classes have been closed in many states that rely upon federal funds to keep classrooms open. Shortfalls in nutritional funding for low-income mothers and their babies could leave thousands without infant formula and other types of support, with funding running out soonest in Arkansas and Utah.

Shutdown anxiety is also starting to spook the stock market, which rose slightly last week—when it all seemed like temporary posturing—but has now begun to decline as politicians harden their positions and a resolution begins to look distant. Analysts expect the stock-market jitters to intensify as the political gridlock morphs into a much bigger battle over extending the nation’s borrowing limit, which could lead to a default on U.S. debt by around Oct. 17, when the Treasury will exhaust its ability to fully finance the government. In that regard, the shutdown will begin to pinch anybody with an investment portfolio or a retirement plan.

Unfortunately, the pain being inflicted on ordinary people doesn’t seem sufficient to convince lawmakers to resolve the stalemate, with most signs suggesting the shutdown will continue until Oct. 17, at least. At that point, lawmakers may be in a better position to make a deal on several big fiscal issues all at one.

Another week or two of no government, meanwhile, would be good news for one spirited group of Americans: Washington, D.C.-area skateboarders, who are usually banned from the smooth, wide promenades that flank many government buildings and represent ideal skateboarding terrain. With government workers and security officers scarce, the Wall Street Journal reports, skateboarders are moving onto federal turf like wildlife reclaiming habitat when a new preserve is established. A skateboarder invasion couldn’t have happened in a better town.

Rick Newman’s latest book is Rebounders: How Winners Pivot From Setback To Success. Follow him on Twitter: @rickjnewman.

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MessagePosté le: Jeu 10 Oct - 10:01 (2013)    Sujet du message: NATIONAL PARK RANGERS ORDERED TO KEEP VISITORS OUT OF PRIVATELY RUN BUSINESSES Répondre en citant

NATIONAL PARK RANGERS ORDERED TO KEEP VISITORS OUT OF PRIVATELY RUN BUSINESSES

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The National Park Service has closed privately run marinas, restaurants and inns throughout the country and in some cases even posted guards to keep people from using them during the government shutdown, arguing that it doesn’t have the money, manpower or authority to let them operate.

But the moves, which likely have thrown thousands of people out of work, are drawing scrutiny from Congress and don’t rest well with many voters who believe the administration is making the effects of the shutdown worse than necessary.


On Friday, the Pisgah Inn on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina decided it would buck the Park Service’s order and remain open — only to find park rangers come and block the driveway to the inn to prevent anyone from entering. The parkway itself remained open, but the administration said all concessions in national parks must shut.
“I’m questioning their authority to shut me,” Pisgah Inn owner Bruce O'Connell told The Washington Times on Friday as he fought to stay open.

Several congressional committees have said they would look into the Park Service’s decisions, accusing the Obama administration of trying to make the shutdown as painful as possible for Americans.

In the meantime, Americans across the country have embraced the chance to flout the closures as a defiant act of civil disobedience.

The Internet has been flooded with photos of people going around traffic cones and vehicle barricades to get to parking lots, bicycle paths and hiking trails.

Still, campgrounds, ski areas and basic services have been closed at all parks, the monuments the Park Service runs in Washington have been barricaded, and rangers are doing their best to keep folks away.


In Philadelphia, the park closures have shuttered the City Tavern.

On Cape Cod, the Nauset Knoll Motor Lodge is closed.

But not all private companies on park land have been shut down. Two high-profile places in San Francisco, the Argonaut Hotel in San Francisco Maritime National Park and Cavallo Point, a luxury hotel in Golden Gate National Park, are open.

The Park Service says those are operating under lease agreements rather than as concessions, which means they are allowed to stay open.

“Concessions operations are required to close; leases are permitted to remain open,” Mike Litterst, a spokesman for the parks, said in an email to The Washington Times.
The discrepancies are difficult for some to understand.

One man wondered why Skyline Drive, the road running through Shenandoah National Park, was closed but the Blue Ridge Parkway remained open.

Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/oct/6/national-park-rangers-ordere…
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MessagePosté le: Ven 11 Oct - 01:57 (2013)    Sujet du message: WARNING FROM OBAMA: U.S. FOOD SUPPLY NOW ENDANGERED! Répondre en citant

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MessagePosté le: Ven 11 Oct - 02:07 (2013)    Sujet du message: CE QU'IL FAUT SAVOIR SUR LE "SHUTDOWN" DU GOUVERNEMENT AMERICAIN Répondre en citant

CE QU'IL FAUT SAVOIR SUR LE  "SHUTDOWN" DU GOUVERNEMENT AMERICAIN

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Vous entendez parler du shutdown du gouvernement américain sans savoir ce qu'est cette suspension temporaire des activités fédérales ? Voici l'essentiel à savoir.
Par Pascal Dray.

À quoi correspond cette procédure du shutdown ?

Tout d’abord, il faut savoir que cette procédure a toujours été utilisée dans le cadre de stratégie dite politicienne. C’est soit le parti républicain, soit le parti démocrate qui déclenche cette procédure. Le Congrès aux États-Unis (à peu près l’équivalent de l’Assemblée nationale) est composé de la chambre des représentants et du sénat. Le Sénat est, lui, composé de 100 sénateurs et la chambre des représentants de 435 représentants.

"Le Congrès américain est chargé d'élaborer, de discuter et de voter les lois. Il exerce également un pouvoir sur le budget fédéral des États-Unis, le commerce et la défense du pays. Le Congrès peut soumettre des amendements à la Constitution. Il peut enfin lancer une procédure d'impeachment pour mettre en accusation le président ; un haut fonctionnaire ou un juge. Le Sénat américain représente les États et la politique nationale, alors que la Chambre s'occupe des problèmes de la vie quotidienne des citoyens. L'un n'est pas supérieur à l'autre. Les deux assemblées doivent travailler en coordination".

Dans le cadre de la procédure de "shut down" déclenchée le 1er  octobre 2013, il y a désaccord sur le financement de la loi dite Obamacare, une loi pour mettre en place aux États-Unis l’équivalent de notre Sécurité sociale. Les républicains soutiennent qu’il n’est pas possible de financer à ce jour la loi dite Obamacare et demandent de reporter son application et son financement en septembre 2014. Les républicains s’appuient sur la situation économique préoccupante du niveau d’endettement américain qui serait fortement alourdi si le financement de l’Obamacare était déclenché aujourd’hui.

Blocage budgétaire et services minimaux

Dans la pratique, les fonctionnaires fédéraux des services non régaliens sont priés de rester chez eux jusqu’au déblocage budgétaire. Les services de police, de justice et d’armée sont assurés, mais du fait d’un blocage dans le processus d’autorisations budgétaires les autres fonctionnaires ne doivent pas travailler.

Depuis 1960, 18 (17+1) procédures de "shut down" ont été déclenchées. La première a été déclenchée sous la présidence de G. Ford, président républicain en 1976. Le Congrès était majoritairement démocrate. Le président mit son véto à un programme lié au département du travail. Ce premier "shut down" s’étala du 30 septembre au 11 octobre. Sous Carter, démocrate avec un congrès démocrate, 5 procédures furent initiées. La plus longue dura 18 jours et concernait le programme Medicaid et le financement d’une centrale nucléaire.

Sous Reagan, républicain où le Sénat était républicain de 1981 à 1986, 9 procédures furent déclenchées. La plus longue dura trois jours. Sous G.H.W Bush (le père), une procédure fut déclenchée. Sous Clinton, 2 procédures furent déclenchées dont la plus longue dura 21 jours et qui concernait la présentation des comptes sur 7 ans, mais avec un budget émanant du département du Budget au Congrès plutôt qu’un budget du département du budget du président. Finalement, un compromis fut trouvé sur le budget.

Depuis le 1er octobre 2013, une nouvelle procédure de "shut-down" vient d’être déclenchée ; elle concerne le déblocage d’un budget pour la mise en œuvre de la loi dite Obamacare. Il s’agit en fait d’un programme dit de protection sociale qui concernerait tous les Américains.

Compte tenu de l’endettement américain qui dépasse 100 % du PIB, les membres républicains de la chambre des représentants ont demandé aux sénateurs et représentants de reporter le financement de la loi sur le système de santé à septembre 2014. Le président américain dénonce ce blocage, mais comme nous l’avons vu celui-ci n’est pas le premier et certainement pas le dernier. Nous ne savons pas combien de temps pourra durer ce "shut down".

Un calendrier risqué

Si cette procédure dure plus de 15 jours, une autre date butoir risque de déboucher sur une nouvelle incertitude. Cette date, c’est la date de relèvement du plafond de la dette. Si celui-ci n’est pas relevé, alors les États-Unis seront déclarés en "cessation de paiement". C’est donc la conjonction de ces deux procédures, "shut-down" et relèvement du plafond de la dette, qui constitue un risque majeur pour les États-Unis, mais aussi pour l’économie mondiale.

En effet, comme la Réserve fédérale a injecté des liquidités depuis la crise de 2008, cette politique laxiste pourrait, si le pire se produisait à savoir que le plafond de la dette n’est pas relevé, conduire à une chute considérable du dollar avec toutes les conséquences en cascade sur les marchés financiers et sur l’économie mondiale (très forte hausse du prix des matières premières, hyperinflation, faillites d’entreprises en cascade, etc.). Évidemment, il existe des solutions que j'ai déjà évoquées dans un article sur Le Cercle Les Échos.

Sortir de l’impasse

Aujourd’hui, les politiques budgétaires et monétaires inspirées par les keynésiens et les monétaristes nous ont menés dans une impasse économique. Plus de croissance et un endettement public devenu la pierre d’angle du système économique. Pour lever les incertitudes liées à ces politiques, pour le moins hasardeuses, il est grand temps de revenir à des principes d’orthodoxie budgétaire et à la mise en place d’un vrai système monétaire reposant sur le libre échange, la division du travail et la spécialisation.
Libérons donc le système et sortons de l’impasse interventionniste !

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MessagePosté le: Sam 12 Oct - 10:42 (2013)    Sujet du message: BITTER GOVERNMENT DISMANTLES DRINKING FOUNTAINS ON FEDERAL LAND Répondre en citant

BITTER GOVERNMENT DISMANTLES DRINKING FOUNTAINS ON FEDERAL LAND

October 10, 2013 by Breaking News



Shortly after the current federal government shutdown began, reports surfaced that the Obama administration instructed park rangers to make the situation as difficult as possible for Americans. Since then, rangers have targeted World War II residents in Washington, D.C. and a group of seniors at Yellowstone National Park, among others.

In light of such petty spitefulness, it might come as little surprise that the National Park Service has gone so far as to incapacitate the drinking fountains on federally owned land.
Recent visitors to the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal near D.C. and the lengthy Great Allegheny Passageway noticed the handles missing from these water sources. Obviously, someone fairly high on the federal food chain gave the order to vandalize the government’s own property. The only logical reason to do so is a desire, as has been previously alleged, to make this shutdown much worse than it needs to be.

There is no reason to prevent spigots from operating, and the cost associated with dismantling the fountains could have easily been spared. This proves that our federal government is not concerned with controlling spending; these bureaucrats only want to make life miserable so they can falsely pin the blame on the Tea Party.

Just as with the barricades and patrolling guards used to keep elderly veterans away from the monument they inspired, the NPS continues to spend money we’re told it doesn’t have to enforce a vendetta against the general public.

Through his corrupt handling of this shutdown, Obama continues to cement his deplorable legacy. His tacit message to America throughout this stalemate has been, “If I’m not happy, I’ll make sure you won’t be, either.”

–Western Journalism staff writer
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MessagePosté le: Lun 14 Oct - 11:10 (2013)    Sujet du message: SHUTDOWN ? DES NECESSITEUX DE 17 ETATS AMERICAINS ONT VU LEURS BONS ALIMENTAIRES NE PLUS FONCTIONNER ! Répondre en citant



SHUTDOWN ? DES NECESSITEUX DE 17 ETATS AMERICAINS ONT VU LEURS BONS ALIMENTAIRES NE PLUS FONCTIONNER !

 


Des caddies pleins abandonnés juste après que des clients ont appris la panne de l’EBT (système de paiement électronique des tickets alimentaires)  

Le système électronique qui accepte les cartes de paiement des tickets alimentaires est tombé en panne ce samedi 12/10/2013 dans 17 états américains. Le ministère américain de l’agriculture a déclaré qu’il s’agissait d’un problème technique indépendant du shutdown. Toutefois, faire le lien entre le shutdown et cette coupure n'a rien d'absurde.

  

 “Veuillez-nous excuser, l’EBT (système de paiement électronique des tickets alimentaires) est hors service”  

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Suivant les informations qui circulent, le système aurait été réactivé ce matin même dans les 17 états.

http://www.wikistrike.com/article-shutdown-des-necessiteux-de-17-etats-americains-ont-vu-leurs-bons-alimentaires-ne-plus-fonctionner-120569330.html



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MessagePosté le: Mar 15 Oct - 10:37 (2013)    Sujet du message: NANNY STATE BANS RUNNING WATER Répondre en citant

NANNY STATE BANS RUNNING WATER



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MessagePosté le: Mer 16 Oct - 00:01 (2013)    Sujet du message: HOUSE REPUBLICANS CHANGED THE RULES SO A MAJORITY VOTE COULDN'T STOP THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN Répondre en citant




HOUSE REPUBLICANS CHANGED THE RULES SO A MAJORITY VOTE COULDN'T STOP THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN


Posted: 10/13/2013 11:27 pm EDT  |  Updated: 10/14/2013 12:40 pm EDT

Eric Cantor,

In its effort to extract concessions from Democrats in exchange for opening the government, the GOP has faced a fundamental strategic obstacle: They don't have the votes. A majority of the members of the House have gone on record saying that if they were given the opportunity to vote, they would support what's known as a "clean" continuing resolution to fund the government.

So House Republican leaders made sure no such vote could happen.

In the hours working up to the government shutdown on Sept. 30, Republican members of the House Rules Committee were developing a strategy to keep a clean CR off the floor, guaranteeing the government would remain shut down.

Though at least 28 House Republicans have publicly said they would support a clean CR if it were brought to the floor -- enough votes for the government to reopen when combined with Democratic support -- a House rule passed just before the shutdown essentially prevents that vote from taking place.

During a floor speech on Saturday, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) drew attention to the quietly passed rule when he attempted to present a motion to accept the Senate's clean continuing resolution and reopen the government.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), presiding over the chamber, told Van Hollen that the rule he was asking to use had been "altered" and he did not have the privilege of bringing that vote to the floor. In the ensuing back and forth, Chaffetz said the recently passed House Resolution 368 trumped the standing rules. Where any member of the House previously could have brought the clean resolution to the floor under House Rule 22, House Resolution 368 -- passed on the eve of the shutdown -- gave that right exclusively to the House majority leader, Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia.

"The Rules Committee, under the rules of the House, changed the standing rules of the House to take away the right of any member to move to vote to open the government, and gave that right exclusively to the REPUBLICAN LEADER ," said Van Hollen. "Is that right?"

"The House adopted that resolution," replied Chaffetz.

"I make my motion, Mr. Speaker," said Van Hollen. "I renew my motion that under the regular standing rules of the House... that the house take up the Senate amendments and open the government now."

"Under section 2 of H.R. 368, that motion may be offered only by the majority leader or his designee," Chaffetz said.

"Mr. Speaker, why were the rules rigged to keep the government shut down?" Van Hollen asked.

"The gentleman will suspend," Chaffetz interjected.

"Democracy has been suspended, Mr. Speaker."

Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) also highlighted the GOP's refusal to allow a clean vote on Saturday, using a novel parliamentary maneuver. Unable to shut Grayson down, Chaffetz postponed a vote on the bill.

"They can’t handle the truth," Grayson said.

Ryan Grim contributed reporting.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/13/house-republicans-rules-change_n_4095129.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular



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MessagePosté le: Mer 16 Oct - 11:06 (2013)    Sujet du message: SHUTDOWN WILL CAUSE FEDERAL FUNDING FOR SECTION 8 TO DRY UP NOV. 1, MASSACHUSETTS HOUSING OFFICIAL SAYS Répondre en citant



SHUTDOWN WILL CAUSE FEDERAL FUNDING FOR SECTION 8 TO DRY UP NOV. 1, MASSACHUSETTS HOUSING OFFICIAL SAYS

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., at podium, speaks during a news conference on the Senate steps on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, to discuss the ongoing budget battle. President Barack Obama was making plans to talk with Republican lawmakers at the White House in the coming days as pressure builds on both sides to resolve their deadlock over the federal debt limit and the partial government shutdown. Front row, from left are, Reid, Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., and Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin of Ill. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
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A top Massachusetts housing official warned that the state will no longer be able to pay landlords rental assistance for low-income tenants if the government shutdown continues through the end of the month.

Aaron Gornstein, Massachusetts’s undersecretary for housing and community development, said the state is operating its Section 8 rental assistance off money that it received before the federal government shut down Oct. 1. However, if Congress does not reopen the government, that money will run out.

“We had some funds that were flowing, but starting Nov. 1, however, we will not have those funds,” Gornstein said. “We will not be able to make payments to landlords, so what could happen is landlords may start the eviction process. But we don’t know.”

Gornstein’s comments come as social service providers and government officials have been trying to warn the public about the long-term impacts of a shutdown, even as many of those impacts are not yet apparent. Gornstein spoke to The Republican/MassLive.com on Tuesday before a rally of social service provider, who called on Congress to restore government funding. While some effects of the shutdown are obvious – for example, non-essential federal employees have been out of work since Oct. 1 – many government programs still have money to function for several weeks.

Even within the Section 8 rental assistance program, it is hard to determine the exact impact of the shutdown. Around 20,000 Massachusetts residents get Section 8 vouchers administered by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development. But around 55,000 Massachusetts residents receive housing vouchers from local housing authorities, which have independent budgets.

Mary Ellen Lowney, a spokeswoman for the Springfield Housing Authority, said the rental assistance it administers is funded through the end of December.

Michael Kane, executive director of the Boston-based Mass Alliance of HUD Tenants, went to Washington this week to lobby moderate Republicans in Congress to resolve the shutdown. Kane said housing agencies nationwide generally have enough federal money to get through October. “But after October, there’s no guarantees,” Kane said.

“If they don’t get money, landlords might find they’re not getting payments…. If the shutdown continues more than another week or two, we could be talking about mass displacement of millions of low-income tenants in a few weeks.”


Carolyn Federoff, a lawyer for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Boston and executive vice president of a union representing HUD employees, said after October, an agency’s funding depends on how much money it has in reserves. Realistically, she said no Massachusetts housing court is likely to evict a family from public housing before the winter because the government has stopped paying landlords. “I predict people will continue to be housed,” she said. “Whether or not there’s money to keep electricity or lights on…there will be little or no maintenance.”

Similarly, several other assistance programs have money, but only through this month. In Massachusetts, 887,000 people benefit from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps. Anyone who clicks on the SNAP benefits page on the U.S. Department of Agriculture website will see a message, “Due to the lapse in federal government funding, this website is not available.” However, Matthew Kitsos, spokesman for the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance, said benefits are continuing through October.

“While a long-term federal shutdown would have an impact on SNAP benefits and the approximately 887,000 individuals that receive these benefits in Massachusetts, October benefits have been authorized through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and are currently being issued,” Kitsos said.

As MassLive.com previously reported, a major concern for social services agencies is fuel assistance. But while agencies have lost funding for staff to process applications, and some are relying on reserves, actual benefits to individuals are not scheduled to start until Nov. 1.

The Massachusetts Association for Community Action, which represents service providers, has asked the legislature for $20 million in state funding for the program, but the legislature has not taken action yet on that request. “We’re assuming that if the federal government shutdown continues through the month, it’s going to directly impact that program and people will not get fuel assistance,” Gornstein said.

Gornstein said the state’s program for weatherization and heating system repair will also not be able to function as of Nov 1.

The state has not provided information about how long it has funding for other programs. Kitsos said the federal government will not continue quarterly formula grants for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and “as these programs run out of cash on hand, they will not be able to provide services.” Kitsos could not say when that is expected to happen.
Meanwhile, the agencies that administer social service programs are trying to keep pressure on the federal government to reopen before benefits are denied.

Nearly a dozen service providers attended Tuesday’s rally hosted by the social service agency Action for Boston Community Development. “We just want to keep the word going that this can’t continue,” said Paul Bailey, executive director of Springfield Partners for Community Action. “It can only go on for so long.”

Emily Shea, commissioner of the city of Boston’s Commission on Affairs of the Elderly, said by the end of October, “phones will be ringing off the hook in the mayor’s office” from seniors seeking heating assistance.

Many expressed frustration with Congress. John Drew, president and CEO of ABCD, said in his 40 years with the agency, said, “I don’t remember as much bumbling idiocy…from our national government.”

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SHUTDOWN ENDANGERS RESERVE COMPONENT READINESS

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service


WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2013 – Reserve component personnel continue to be affected by the government shutdown, and officials are concerned about readiness.
Within DOD, the reserve components are the Army National Guard, the Air National Guard, the Army Reserve, the Air Force Reserve, the Navy Reserve and the Marine Corps Reserve. The Coast Guard Reserve comes under the Department of Homeland Security.

There are around 850,000 personnel in the selected reserve and they are among those most affected by the partial shutdown. Selected reserves are those units so essential to wartime missions they are required to continue training each month to maintain proficiency. The units also train an additional two weeks a year.

Officially, these weekend drills are called “Inactive Duty Training” and are used to maintain readiness and keep qualifications current, DOD reserve affairs officials said.

“These inactive duty periods are not authorized during the shutdown, unless they are supporting certain critical activities or future deployments,” said one official.
Reserve component personnel training for deployment may continue as required.

Recruiting efforts continue to fill the ranks of the reserve components, but reserve affairs personnel worry about the long-term effect the government shutdown will have on recruiting and retention.

“It is too soon to tell, but reserve components are monitoring this closely,” officials said.

Federal civilian employees of the reserve components have been recalled if they meet DOD guidance. They are covered under the Pay Our Military Act.

The act has provided relief from some of the shutdown, but if furloughs continue, training needed to maintain readiness will be restricted, official said, which could impact reservists.

“While the president could still call on them, their readiness levels would not be as robust under normal appropriations,” officials said.


National Guard units also have state missions, and the lack of appropriations affects their ability to perform those jobs.

The Pay Our Military Act allows family programs for reserve component personnel -- especially for the families of those deployed -- to continue.

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TROOPS' NEXT PAYCHECK DISAPPEARS IF U.S. DEFAULTS

Oct 15, 2013
Military.com| by Richard Sisk



The troops will get paid on Tuesday, but the check after that could come in the form of an IOU if the nation defaults on its debt obligations, Treasury Department officials said.

Default on top of the government shutdown would cancel out the hastily-crafted legislation that brought back furloughed Defense Department civilian employees and allowed for the payment of back pay, death benefits, incentive pays, re-enlistment bonuses, veterans disability benefits and survivor benefits.

All would be eliminated if Congress and the White House fail to reach agreement on raising the debt ceiling to avoid default on Oct. 17, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said last week.

"The United States should not be put in a position of making such perilous choices for our economy and our citizens," Lew said in testimony to the Senate Finance Committee.

A military coalition of 33 veterans' service organizations representing 5.5 million members planned to hold a rally Tuesday at the National World War II Memorial to protest the looming threat of payless paydays for the troops and cutoffs of disability and survivor benefits.

"It's all because of failed elected leadership in Washington who would rather tell you who's to blame than fix the problem," William A. Thien, national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, said in a statement.

Working against the Oct. 17 deadline, Senate Republicans and Democrats were reportedly close to a deal on lifting the debt ceiling and ending the government shutdown. However, there was no guarantee the compromise would be accepted by the House.

Defense budget analysts said that the immediate problems of default and the shutdown masked the long-term challenges of getting a budget for the military passed by Congress that will include planning for the spending cuts imposed by the sequestration process.

"[Under default], the first crunch will come when the Nov. 1 payroll is due," said Gordon Adams, a Stimson Center analyst and professor at American University. "The impact for anybody drawing pay [in the military] will grow increasingly severe," Adams said. "People are probably not going to get paid for a while."

A deal to resolve default and the shutdown does not resolve the underlying issue, Adams said.

"There's a fundamental disagreement about what the budget should be," Adams said. He explained that sequester spending levels should be "everybody's least distasteful fallback position."

Under sequestration, about $500 billion in defense spending would be cut over the next 10 years on top of $500 billion in cuts already underway. In Fiscal Year 2013, the military lost about $37 billion under sequestration, and another $52 billion in defense spending is slated to be cut in Fiscal 2014, Adams said.

"We used to view sequester cuts as a floor for defense spending. Sequester is now looking more like a ceiling," said Todd Harrison, an analyst with the Center for Strategic and Budget Assessments.

During an interview with Federal News Radio Harrison characterized the dilemma under sequestration as a choice between preserving the near-term readiness of the force or cutting modernization programs.

"There's very little clarity on the budget," Harrison said, "but the first thing they've got to accept is that cuts are coming."

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MessagePosté le: Jeu 17 Oct - 18:14 (2013)    Sujet du message: PETAGE DE PLOMB : APRES LE VOTE A LA CHAMBRE, UNE STENOGRAPHE DENONCE LES FRANCS MACONS Répondre en citant

PETAGE DE PLOMB : APRES LE VOTE A LA CHAMBRE, UNE STENOGRAPHE DENONCE LES FRANCS MACONS

17 octobre, 2013 Posté par Benji sous Argent et politique, complots et théories 28 commentaires





Fin de séance à la Chambre des représentants américaine. Après près de deux semaines de « shutdown », républicains et démocrates ont enfin trouvé un accord et obtenu un vote, mercredi 16 octobre, 24 heures avant la date limite de relèvement du plafond de la dette. Alors que, dans une atmosphère visiblement détendue, les membres de la Chambre se dispersent en une assemblée bruyante, créant ça et là des petits groupes, une sténographe de l’institution s’avance au milieu des travées et s’approche du pupitre. Dans le brouhaha, la femme commence à crier, et le Daily News rapporte ainsi ses propos, difficilement audibles :

« Il ne sera pas moqué ! Il ne sera pas moqué ! Louez le Seigneur et Jésus Christ ! Notre nation n’est pas guidée par Dieu, elle ne l’a jamais été. Sinon, notre Constitution n’aurait jamais été écrite par des francs-maçons, ils vont contre la volonté divine. Personne ne peut servir deux maîtres ! » crie-t-elle encore, devant des représentants éberlués, tandis que le président de la Chambre frappe désespérément du marteau sur son bureau pour faire taire l’intervenante impromptue.

La sténographe, identifiée par Fox News comme Diane Reidy, sera finalement rapidement évacuée par deux membres de la sécurité du Capitole. Selon le Washington Post, la femme a été entendue par la police, puis transportée à l’hôpital pour une évaluation de sa santé mentale.

« J’ai frappé du marteau pour reprendre le contrôle et la faire taire. Elle a répondu quelque chose à propos du diable. C’était tellement soudain, confus et triste. D’habitude, c’est vraiment quelqu’un de bien », a commenté Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, présidente de la commission des affaires étrangères de la Chambre des représentants.

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MessagePosté le: Jeu 17 Oct - 18:18 (2013)    Sujet du message: UN ACCORD DE SORTIE DE CRISE SCELLE AUX ETATS-UNIS (MàJ) Répondre en citant

UN ACCORD DE SORTIE DE CRISE SCELLE AUX ETATS-UNIS (MàJ)

16 octobre, 2013 Posté par Benji sous Argent et politique, Manipulation 24 commentaires

Juste une question de procédure, mais rien n’est réglé pour autant. Les USA sont toujours extrêmement endettés, le nombre de chômeurs reste indécent, celui de personnes vivant de bons alimentaires également, et le manège continue inlassablement… Mies rien n’est véritablement réglé!
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MISE À JOUR Un accord a été conclu in extremis mercredi au Sénat américain afin d’écarter le risque d’un défaut de paiement des Etats-Unis, laissant espérer un dénouement rapide à la crise qui paralyse Washington depuis plus de deux semaines.

A moins de 12 heures de l’échéance, le dirigeant de la majorité démocrate au Sénat Harry Reid a confirmé qu’il avait conclu un compromis avec le chef du groupe républicain, Mitch McConnell.

Accord historique

M. Reid a salué un « accord historique, consensuel pour rouvrir l’Etat et éviter un défaut sur les factures de la nation ». « Le compromis que nous avons conclu donnera à notre économie la stabilité dont elle a désespérément besoin ». Selon Mitch McConnell, le vote du Sénat pourrait avoir lieu dès mercredi.


L’accord relèverait le plafond de la dette jusqu’au 7 février et rouvrirait jusqu’au 15 janvier les agences fédérales partiellement fermées depuis le 1er octobre, tout en convoquant une commission pour négocier un budget pour 2014.

Un sprint procédural devrait s’enclencher mercredi, la Chambre des représentants étant censée adopter tout texte de loi dans les mêmes termes avant promulgation par le président Barack Obama. La coopération entière du président républicain de la Chambre des représentants, John Boehner, et de 100% des sénateurs, y compris les champions du Tea Party Ted Cruz et Mike Lee, sera requise.


Mais M. Cruz a fait savoir qu’il ne bloquerait pas le cheminement du texte. « Il n’y a rien à gagner » dans une motion visant à retarder la tenue des votes, a-t-il dit.

L’entrée dans une zone aussi inédite que dangereuse était promise à partir de mercredi minuit (jeudi 04H00 GMT) à la première économie mondiale, avec un risque de défaut de paiement à court terme faute de capacité d’emprunt.

Les bourses en hausse

Dès avant l’annonce de l’accord au Sénat, les marchés financiers avaient toutefois refusé de croire à ce scénario catastrophe. La Bourse de New York s’envolait à la mi-séance mercredi, tandis que celle de Tokyo a terminé quasi stable. Francfort et Londres ont fini en hausse, en dépit de l’avertissement lancé mardi par l’agence Fitch qui a annoncé qu’elle envisageait d’abaisser la note de la dette souveraine des Etats-Unis, actuellement la meilleure possible à AAA.


Selon le représentant Charlie Dent, John Boehner ne devrait pas opposer de résistance et acceptera de soumettre au vote de la Chambre tout compromis sénatorial, malgré l’opposition d’une partie de sa majorité. Il devra alors s’appuyer partiellement sur des voix démocrates.

M. Boehner, pris en tenaille entre sa volonté affichée de ne pas laisser un défaut de paiement se produire et la pression du Tea Party hostile au compromis, a jusqu’ici refusé d’organiser une consultation sans le soutien de sa majorité. Le dénouement en cours marque une lourde défaite pour la stratégie qu’il a jusqu’ici poursuivie.

Shutdown

Faute d’accord sur le budget fédéral pour le nouvel exercice, les agences gouvernementales américaines tournent au ralenti depuis le 1er octobre. Des centaines de milliers de fonctionnaires ont été mis en congés forcés sans solde, paralysant progressivement des pans entiers de l’activité.


En août 2011, lors d’une crise similaire, un accord politique avait déjà été scellé deux jours avant la date-butoir, et adopté définitivement par le Congrès à quelques heures seulement de l’heure limite.

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Le Sénat américain puis la Chambre des représentants ont adopté successivement dans la soirée à de larges majorités un texte de compromis dévoilé quelques heures plus tôt, après d’intenses tractations et des semaines de péripéties parlementaires. Ce texte devait être promulgué par Barack Obama dans la foulée. Le président américain a affirmé lors d’une intervention à la Maison Blanche que les élus auraient à regagner la « confiance » des Américains après deux semaines d’affrontements politiques, et dit souhaiter cesser de gouverner « de crise en crise ».

Selon les termes du compromis, le Trésor est autorisé à emprunter jusqu’au 7 février, et l’Etat fédéral est financé jusqu’au 15 janvier. L’ensemble des fonctionnaires fédéraux mis au chômage technique depuis 16 jours à cause de l’impasse budgétaire ont été rappelés au travail dès jeudi matin. Ils seront tours payés rétroactivement.

Le compromis est provisoire et ne donne que quelques mois aux deux camps pour réconcilier leurs positions budgétaires. Une commission bicamérale doit être convoquée et élaborer d’ici le 13 décembre les contours d’un budget pour le reste de l’année 2014, une invitation au compromis dont se sont montrés jusqu’à présent incapables les élus du Congrès, divisé entre démocrates et républicains.

Anticipant ce nouveau chantier, Barack Obama a répété qu’il était « prêt à travailler avec tout le monde (…) sur n’importe quelle idée qui fera croître l’économie, créera des emplois, renforcera la classe moyenne et remettra en ordre le budget à long terme ». Christine Lagarde, directrice générale du Fonds monétaire international, a souligné mercredi le caractère temporaire de l’accord, et déclaré qu’il était « essentiel de réduire l’incertitude entourant la conduite de la politique budgétaire en relevant le plafond de la dette d’une manière plus durable ».
Un revers pour les républicains
Le dénouement marque un revers cinglant pour le camp républicain et son chef, le président de la Chambre John Boehner, qui a exigé pendant des semaines des concessions de l’exécutif, en particulier sur les dépenses sociales, avant tout vote budgétaire, avant de capituler mercredi. « Nous nous sommes battus pour la bonne cause, mais nous n’avons pas gagné », a déclaré M. Boehner à l’antenne de la radio WLW de son fief de l’Ohio (nord).


Il a promis de continuer à lutter contre « la catastrophe que représente la loi sur la réforme de la santé » promulguée par M. Obama en 2010 et dont un volet central a commencé à s’appliquer début octobre. L’accord de mercredi ne contient qu’une clause mineure relative à la loi sur la santé, visant à renforcer les contrôles des revenus des personnes bénéficiant d’une aide financière pour leur couverture maladie. Les démocrates estiment même que cet article renforce leur réforme.


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MessagePosté le: Jeu 17 Oct - 18:23 (2013)    Sujet du message: HOUSE STENOGRAPHER FREAKS OUT ON HOUSE FLOOR DURING DEBT DEAL VOTE [VIDEO] Répondre en citant

HOUSE STENOGRAPHER FREAKS OUT ON HOUSE FLOOR DURING DEBT DEAL VOTE  [VIDEO]

11:13 PM 10/16/2013

Alexis Levinson
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WASHINGTON — A House stenographer exploded on the House floor Wednesday evening, shortly before the House concluded its vote to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling.

The stenographer, according to Texas Democratic Rep. Joaquin Castro, went up to the dais during the vote, just below the Speaker’s chair, where Florida Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen was presiding, and began shouting. His first thought, he told reporters, was to wonder how someone could have gotten onto the House floor from outside — only members and staff are permitted on the floor.

Fox News’ Chad Pergram identified the woman as Dianne Reidy, a stenographer for the House. According to Legistorm, Reidy’s salary comes to $126,050.04, more than double the median U.S. income of $52,100. She has been in the job since 2005.

Reidy’s Facebook page lists a variety of Christian interests, along with HuffPost Impact.

Castro told a group of reporters Reidy had “kind of crazed look, quite frankly. It was very disturbing for members of Congress.”

“The microphone was off,” Castro said, so no one could hear what she was saying.

Reporters standing outside the chamber saw the doors burst open as people physically pushed her out of the chamber as she resisted and toward an elevator.
“He will not be mocked,” she said repeatedly, as five or so people held her in front of the elevator door. Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert stood to the side looking very concerned. He touched her arm and tried to comfort her, but she appeared inconsolable.

“It is deception here,” she continued, yelling loudly. “This is not, one nation under God. It never was. Had it been, it would not have been… It would not have been, the Constitution would not have been written by Free Masons. They go against God. You cannot serve two masters. You cannot serve two masters. Praise be to God, Lord Jesus Christ.”

Reidy continued ranting until an elevator arrived and she was pushed inside.

Other members followed her out of the chamber, looking deeply concerned. Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer was among them, and got in the elevator with a couple other members to find the woman.

“There are many wonderful people working in the Capitol I have gotten to know, and Dianne is one of the sweetest,” Gohmert told The Daily Caller through a spokeswoman. “She will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers while continuing to monitor her recovery.”

Reidy, staff said, is a stenographer for the House of Representatives.

“She looked familiar to me,” said Castro. “I passed her obviously all the time on the House floor, and she had smiled a couple times, seemed nice. According to the other members that had been around longer, she seemed nice.”

Patrick Howley contributed to this article.

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MessagePosté le: Jeu 17 Oct - 20:00 (2013)    Sujet du message: TRICARE STATEMENT ON END OF GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN Répondre en citant

TRICARE STATEMENT ON END OF GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

10/17/2013

On Oct. 16, Congress and the President approved a short-term spending measure to end the federal government shutdown. As of Oct. 17, 2013, all TRICARE operations have returned to normal, and TRICARE beneficiaries should experience no disruption in their medical benefits.

The continuing resolution currently funding the government expires on Jan. 15, 2014. TRICARE beneficiaries who are concerned about the effect of future budget negotiations on their benefits should sign up for updates at www.tricare.mil/subscriptions.

If you have questions about your benefits, please contact your regional contractor or the appropriate contractor (i.e. pharmacy, dental, etc.). Visit the Contact Us page for a complete list of toll-free numbers.

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MessagePosté le: Jeu 17 Oct - 20:08 (2013)    Sujet du message: MESSAGE TO DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE PERSONNEL FROM SECRETARY HAGEL ON REOPENING THE GOVERNMENT Répondre en citant

MESSAGE TO DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE PERSONNEL FROM SECRETARY HAGEL ON REOPENING THE GOVERNMENT

Story Number: NNS131017-02Release Date: 10/17/2013 10:46:00 AM

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel released the following message Oct. 17.

To All DoD Personnel:

Today the Department of Defense is resuming normal operations across the world, now that Congress has finally restored funding for DoD and the rest of the federal government. This manufactured crisis was an unwelcome and unnecessary distraction from our critical work of keeping the country safe.

I know that each of your lives has been disrupted and affected in different ways. I regret the impact that this shutdown had on so many of our civilian personnel, particularly those who I was previously unable to recall from emergency furlough.

Starting today, we will be welcoming all of our civilians back to their normal duties. To those returning from furlough: know that the work you perform is incredibly valued by your military teammates and by me. I appreciate your professionalism and your patience during this difficult period of time, which came on top of last summer's sequestration-related furloughs. Your managers will have more information about this, but I can assure you that you will be paid in full for the time you were furloughed during the shutdown.

Now that this latest budget crisis has come to an end, we have an opportunity to return to focusing on the critical work of this department. Unfortunately, Congress did not end the budget uncertainty that has cast such a shadow of uncertainty over this department for much of the year. In the months ahead, they will have an opportunity to do so. My hope is that they will realize that these kinds of crises do great damage to our people, our national security, our economy, and America's standing in the world. Congress has a responsibility to govern, and it must fulfill those basic responsibilities in order to keep our country strong.

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MessagePosté le: Sam 26 Sep - 05:27 (2015)    Sujet du message: GOVERNEMENT SHUTDOWN? SOME FEDERAL IT SYSTEMS WOULD BE UNPLUGGED, WEBSITES GO OFFLINE Répondre en citant

GOVERNEMENT SHUTDOWN? SOME FEDERAL IT SYSTEMS WOULD BE UNPLUGGED, WEBSITES GO OFFLINE


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By Jack Moore September 24, 2015
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Judging by the last government shutdown two years ago, if Congress can’t agree on a deal to fund the federal government by Sept. 30, national parks will be shuttered, thousands of federal employees will be forced to stay home -- and some parts of the government’s digital presence will unplugged as well.

The last time the federal government shut down -- for 16 days in 2013 -- agencies were ordered to power down nonessential IT systems. Many public-facing websites went dark or were not updated and the scroll of tweets from agency accounts slowed to a crawl.

Facing another partisan funding impasse this year, agencies have put together updated shutdown plans, and the White House is currently reviewing them as preparation for the possibility of “executing an orderly shutdown.”

Details of agencies’ plans haven’t been made public, but it’s worth revisiting a detailed September 2013 memo from the Office of Management and Budget on how agencies should handle tech matters if the government goes into shutdown mode.

In general, only IT systems that “must operate to avoid significant damage to the execution of authorized or excepted activities,” such as national security, should remain in operation, and only at the minimum level “necessary to maintain functionality and ensure the security and integrity of the system during the period of the lapse,” the guidance stated.

According to the guidance, the same goes for agency websites. And depending on how interconnected they are with essential back-end systems, “agencies must determine whether the entire website can be shut down or components of the website will be shut down,” the guidance stated.

Some websites went dark entirely in 2013, while others carried messages informing visitors they weren’t being updated regularly.

What about cybersecurity?

When political wrangling earlier this year led to the possibility of a partial shutdown at the Department of Homeland Security, agency officials warned lawmakers the funding lapse would delay task orders under the multibillion Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation program, which provides a suite of automated tools and services for spotting cyber vulnerabilities. (During the 2013 governmentwide shutdown, DHS halted work orders on the project).

However, this go-around, DHS is in a better position. Just ahead of the Sept. 30 funding deadline, DHS awarded three new orders under the CDM program, making the continuous-monitoring tools available to 17 additional federal agencies.

The program now covers 97 percent of agencies, fulfilling a promise DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson made to lawmakers this summer to extend cyber protections in the wake of the massive hack of Office of Personnel Management records.

Nearly all of DHS’ cyber employees would remain on the job in the event of a shutdown. Overall, about 85 of DHS’ workforce was exempt from furloughs during the 2013 shutdown.

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