The US government shutdown cost the Defense Department at least $600 million in lost productivity, Pentagon Comptroller Robert Hale said Thursday.
- Oct. 17, 2013
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The US government shutdown cost the Defense Department at least $600 million in lost productivity, Pentagon Comptroller Robert Hale said Thursday.
President Barack Obama signed into law a bipartisan deal approved by Congress Wednesday to reopen the federal government and avert an unprecedented debt default, ending a bitter and partisan 16-day impasse.
The US Senate on Tuesday evening approved legislation to end a government shutdown and avert a federal debt default that excludes proposed language to give Pentagon leaders the authority to decide what gets cut under sequestration.
Senate Democratic and Republican leaders on Wednesday announced an eleventh-hour deal to end a government shutdown and avert a federal debt default — and also lock in sequestration's deep spending cuts.
A plan favored by Democrats and Republicans to give the Pentagon and other department heads greater flexibility to choose what gets cut under sequestration appears in jeopardy.
The US Air Force's Air Combat Command (ACC) ended a shutdown-imposed grounding of training aircraft last week , but some combat craft remain grounded.
A House Republican effort to advance a plan to reopen government and avert an impending default collapsed late Tuesday when it became apparent that House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, did not have the votes to pass it.
House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon on Tuesday broke with Senate defense hawks by opposing a plan to allow Pentagon leaders authority to pick what gets axed via sequestration.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Tuesday endorsed giving Pentagon leaders greater authority to decide what gets cut and what is spared under sequestration.
During the 26 months since sequestration became law, replacing it was a winning talking point for members of both political parties. After all, they were able to score political points by pinning it on the other side.
Senate Democratic and Republican leaders are close to finalizing a debt-ceiling deal that gives lawmakers and the White House three more months to find a way to avert new defense sequestration cuts.
US Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is open to replacing deep defense and domestic sequestration cuts with other items as part of a deal to raise the nation's debt ceiling.
A last-minute accord to avoid the first-ever US debt default would be good news for the intertwined US and global economies. But the temporary crisis-averting deal is mostly bad news for the US defense sector.
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, is working with senior Democrats on legislation to raise the debt ceiling and end a government shutdown, a bill that would grant Defense Department officials authority to decide what gets cut under sequestration.
The christening of the first-in-class destroyer Zumwalt, which had been set for Oct. 19 at Maine's Bath Iron Works, has been postponed by the government shutdown, the US Navy said in a Friday news release.
Tricare beneficiaries who see civilian doctors aren't seeing any effects from the government shutdown yet, but the contractors and doctors who care for them aren't getting paid.
Democrats and Republicans are finally talking to each other about the twin fiscal crises of the debt ceiling and partial government shutdown, but a compromise to fix either problem remains illusive.
House Republican leaders are proposing a six-week increase in the nation's $16.7 trillion debt ceiling as a way of avoiding a first-ever U.S. default on debts.
Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew warned Thursday the nation is just seven days from its first default in 224 years, something that will affect the lives of every American and put at risk the paychecks of government workers and the benefits of 3.4 million disabled veterans.
The US House late Tuesday approved a measure that proposes a House-Senate panel to tackle America's fiscal woes, the kind of special commission that set in motion steep defense cuts two years ago.
An extended government shutdown will take $6.2 billion out of the pockets of people depending on veterans benefits, VA Secretary Eric Shinseki warned Wednesday.
The Defense Department's denial of death benefits to the families of fallen troops could finally prompt lawmakers to reach an agreement to end the government shutdown.
The Pentagon's accountants said today that all troops will receive their pays and allowances on time for the mid-month paycheck next week, but some details remain unclear.
A growing number of military families are facing temporary denial of the $100,000 death gratuity benefit the Defense Department typically provides after service members are killed while on active duty.
House GOP defense hawks are joining their Senate cohorts in calling for the party's far-right faction to drop its war on Obamacare and focus on issues like voiding further Pentagon budget cuts.
Lockheed Martin began furloughing 2,400 employees who work in US government facilities that are closed due to the ongoing government shutdown, the company said Monday.
In the week following the US government shutdown, tea party Republicans are now poised for a new attack on federal spending as lawmakers and the White House battle over the nation's borrowing limit.
Helicopter maker Sikorsky will not furlough 2,000 workers as planned Monday as Pentagon inspectors are expected back on the job at the company's production facilities despite the US government shutdown.
The partial government shutdown headed into its second week with no sign of resolution to the bitter stalemate as key Republicans in Congress on Sunday linked the current budget impasse to the looming confrontation over a potential default on the nation's
The Defense Department announced late Saturday afternoon that more than 90 percent of the 350,000 civilian employees it had furloughed on Oct. 1 will be able to go back to work as soon as Monday.
Defense giants Lockheed Martin and Boeing will begin furloughing thousands of employees Monday if the US government shutdown continues next week, according to company officials.
An angry House Speaker John Boehner on Friday called on President Obama and Democrats to 'sit down' and negotiate, as the government shutdown continued for its fourth day with no end in sight.
As the US government shutdown enters its fifth day, a major defense industry group has sent a letter to members of Congress warning that major furloughs in the industry work force are on the horizon.
Throughout the year, officials for the F-35 joint strike fighter have consistently said the program is on track.
The government shutdown exemption for the Veterans' Affairs Department passed Thursday by the House of Representative does not resolve all of VA's potential problems.
Potentially thousands of troops have not received their bonuses due to a glitch or processing delay between the Pentagon and the Treasury Department — another fallout from the federal shutdown.
It's Day 3 of the federal government shutdown, with no end in sight. President Obama says he's 'exasperated,' which probably sums up the feelings of lawmakers in Congress and the rest of the nation. What you need to know for Thursday, Oct. 3:
President Obama will meet with Republican and Democratic congressional leaders on Wednesday to discuss possible ends to the government shutdown.
Lawmakers are not above using veterans as pawns in their partisan fight over government funding.
President Obama and congressional Republican leaders did not resolve the government shutdown during a 70-minute meeting at the White House on Wednesday.
There are no active backroom talks between House and Senate leaders about ending a US government shutdown, a senior Democrat said.
The US Air Force Academy has halted 20 percent of its classes, closed its cadet library and other study centers, and canceled all flying operations at the 306th Flying Training Group due to the government shutdown.
The federal government shutdown is already affecting contractors and threatens to dampen private-sector employment, at least in the near-term, industry officials say.
The Pentagon will continue to award hundreds of millions of dollars in acquisition, services and other types of contracts despite a government-wide shutdown, but don't expect to hear about them.
Will troops in Afghanistan receive imminent danger pay during the government shutdown?
President Obama urged congressional Republicans on Tuesday to re-open the government, saying the longer the shutdown continues, the greater the damage to the economy.
Hours after the first government shutdown began, the Senate on Tuesday rejected the House's request to hold formal talks on a stopgap spending bill that would end the stalemate.
The initial effect of a government shutdown on veterans' programs is modest, thanks to advance funding of medical programs, but problems will escalate if the budget standoff doesn't end soon.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned Tuesday that the US federal government shutdown raised a 'dark cloud of uncertainty' over overseas military missions that would raise doubts among key allies.
The clock ran out at midnight Monday on halfhearted efforts in Congress to avoid a partial shutdown of the federal government.
Schools for military children operated by the Department of Defense Education Activity will be open on Tuesday, regardless of whether the government shuts down.
No requests for financial assistance for military spouses under the My Career Advancement Accounts program will be approved until further notice because of the government shutdown, according to a report scheduled to be posted on DoD Live.
US military pay and the pay of some federal civilians and contractors will be exempt from delay during a government shutdown, under a law signed late Monday by President Obama
It took just a few minutes Monday for the Senate to reject a House-passed bill linking continued government funding to a delay in President Obama's health care reform plan, leaving no clear path to avoid a partial shutdown of federal functions beginning a
With the clock ticking toward a midnight shutdown of the federal government, there is no sign of political compromise to keep the government running — and it is unclear if Congress will exempt military pay from the appropriations crisis.
A government shutdown could potentially disrupt or delay payments to contractors and some will not be paid at all, according to a Sept. 26 letter from a top DoD official.
Here are the five things to know about the pending shutdown for Monday, Sept. 30:
The US House of Representatives doubled down early Sunday on a threat to shut down the federal government unless the White House agrees to a one-year delay in the health care law known as Obamacare.
US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel slammed Republican lawmakers Saturday as 'astoundingly irresponsible' for threatening to shut down the government over a short-sighted political whim.
The Veterans Affairs Department warned Saturday that an extended government shutdown could result in a cutoff of veterans' benefits checks by the end of October.
The Pentagon issued a memo Friday with instructions on how the military will respond in the event of a government shutdown on Tuesday.
President Barack Obama delivered harsh words Friday to conservative House Republicans, urging them to avoid shutting down the US government and harming America's security by hurting its economy.
Overseas commissaries would remain open in the event of a government shutdown, commissary officials announced today.
Some military-affiliated banks and credit unions have announced their plans to help service members manage their finances if there is a government shutdown and Oct. 15 paychecks are affected.
House Speaker John Boehner sent mixed messages Thursday about the prospects for a government shutdown as Senate Democratic leaders floated a two-year sequestration fix.
A key senator described U.S. service members as 'innocent' victims in the high-stakes political showdown over government funding.
With five days left until the partial shutdown of the U.S. government on Monday, there are lots of ideas but no consensus about how to keep doors open on federal agencies.
With a partial government shutdown five days away, at least some agencies are telling employees Thursday how they would be affected, according to officials and other sources.
A government shutdown won't stop members of Congress from being paid, although the House of Representatives has voted to stop receiving pay if the nation faces the more serious problem of defaulting on its debts.
All eyes Thursday will be on House Speaker John Boehner in the drama surrounding a possible government shutdown.
With Congress still wrestling with how to avoid a government shutdown on Tuesday, the US Treasury Department issued another piece of bad fiscal news Wednesday, saying that the debt ceiling crisis will arrive sooner and be worse than previous estimates.
Senior US senators say it's still too early to predict the final contents of a short-term government spending measure, nor exactly when both chambers will approve it.
Top Senate Democrats on Tuesday laid out an ambitious budget strategy that would avert a government shutdown while canceling the next round of sequestration cuts.
The Senate will hold its first vote Wednesday on a measure to fund the Pentagon and other federal agencies through mid-December, according to Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid.
From Intercepts: John McCain, a fifth-term GOP senator from Arizona, is confident that Congress will find a way to avoid a government shutdown next Tuesday at 12 a.m. (EST) sharp.
From Intercepts: A spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the senator would 'vote against any amendment that attempts to add Obamacare funding back into the House Republicans' bill.'
With a government shutdown looming at midnight Monday, Sept. 30, if Congress and the White House cannot agree on funding, here is a guide to the potential impact.
With one week to go before a potential partial government shutdown, a key Republican lawmaker is warning troops to be financially prepared for the possibility of not getting a mid-October paycheck.
The odds of a US government shutdown escalated last Friday when House Republicans pushed through a temporary spending bill that would kill funding for President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.
The Pentagon is bracing for a government-wide shutdown that would potentially force troops to work without a paycheck and send thousands of civilians home until Congress reaches a new budget agreement.
House Republican and Senate Democratic leaders traded barbs Thursday about a government-wide spending bill as the threat of a government shutdown seemed to grow considerably.