As the federal government enters its first shutdown in 17 years on Tuesday, the airwaves and Internets are full of punditry on its pitfalls and downsides. Ever the optimists, we found five reasons to look forward to the shutdown.
Rallies are being planned in several states on Saturday to protest the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), its new flood maps, and the Biggert-Waters Act that will result in higher flood insurance rates.
The House Republican bill to reduce food stamp spending also creates a $125 million program to combat food deserts and orders the agriculture secretary to “review the public health benefits of white potatoes.”
President Vladimir Putin endorsed the government’s plan to send a parliamentary delegation to the United States in an effort to talk with Congress about Syrian intervention.
As the White House criticized the Chinese government for allowing fugitive National Security Agency leaker Ed Snowden to leave Hong Kong on Monday, the Senate plans to take up legislation that would grant special visa privileges to residents of the Chinese city.
A bipartisan group of congressmen in the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is calling on President Barack Obama to appoint an inspector general to the State Department, which has lacked a permanent inspector general for five years.
A poll released Tuesday revealed a new low in America’s approval rating of the 112th Congress. Its overall favorability rating is just 9 percent, according to the poll released by Public Policy Polling.
Republicans expressed dismay at the amount of excessive spending in the fiscal cliff deal that Congress passed Tuesday evening.
Congress extended wind energy tax credits worth billions of dollars in the last-minute deal hammered out by Congress to avoid the fiscal cliff, a move decried by free market organizations as “corporate welfare.”
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta issued a letter to Defense Department employees Thursday warning of possible furloughs in the future due to ongoing fiscal cliff negotiations.