8:13 AM, Jan 30, 2014 • By JIM SWIFT
The government shutdown may have ended last October, but the Treasury Department's voicemail is telling callers a different story.
After callers wait a minute to hear all of the prompts, callers hear this:
"Due to the lapse in appropriations, the Treasury Department is currently closed. Once the appropriations have been restored, the Treasury Department will reopen for business as usual. Thank you."
You can listen to the audio below:
5:18 PM, Oct 21, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Longtime Mississippi senator Thad Cochran, who will be 76 at the end of this year, hasn't said whether he'll run for a seventh term in 2014. But late last week another Republican entered the primary race for Senate, and he's challenging Cochran from the right.
11:51 AM, Oct 17, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
President Barack Obama delivered remarks from the White House Thursday morning following the conclusion of the government shutdown and the raising of the debt ceiling. The president praised government as an entity "we rely on" in a "whole lot of ways." He also said that he hoped the country had learned that "smart, effective government is important."
8:30 PM, Oct 16, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The Senate voted Wednesday night to raise the federal debt ceiling and to reopen the government. The bill passed overwhelmingly, 81 senators supporting to 18 opposing, and will now go the House of Representatives. House speaker John Boehner has said he will not block a vote on the Senate bill despite opposition from many in his Republican conference. The House will likely vote on the bill later Wednesday night.
5:35 PM, Oct 16, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
On Tuesday evening, the reelection campaign for Arkansas Democrat Mark Pryor emailed supporters about a recent "secret meeting" between Republican senator Ted Cruz and a group of House Republicans at a restaurant on Capitol Hill, Tortilla Coast. Pryor campaign manager Jeff Weaver suggested that the Democrat's Republican challenger, Tom Cotton, may have also attended the meeting.
Advance Editorial From Our Forthcoming 10/21-10/28 IssueOct 21, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 07 • By JONATHAN V. LAST
“We are a nation that has a government—not the other way around.”
The conduct of the National Park Service over the last week might be the biggest scandal of the Obama administration. This is an expansive claim, of course. Benghazi, Fast and Furious, the IRS, the NSA, the HHS mandate—this is an administration that has not lacked for appalling abuses of power. And we still have three years to go.
Oct 14, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 06 • By GARY SCHMITT
Who's really to blame for the federal government’s shutdown? According to President Obama, it’s those ideologically obstinate congressional Republicans who will do anything to undermine the Affordable Care Act, the signature achievement of his presidency. For those same Republicans, it’s the president who deserves blame by refusing to compromise one iota on a policy measure that even the administration admits is less than ready for prime time.
How the House speaker rallied his restive troops.Oct 14, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 06 • By FRED BARNES
After the reelection of President Obama, House speaker John Boehner was disappointed, dispirited, and wary of a new round of clashes with the president. House Republicans had planned a fresh effort to repeal Obamacare, but, he told NBC News, “the election changes that.” He negotiated with Obama to raise taxes and spending by $1 trillion each before backing off. And with the Bush tax cuts about to expire and plunge the nation over a “fiscal cliff,” Boehner endorsed a deal to limit higher tax rates to those making more than $400,000.
Hosted by Michael Graham.10:19 AM, Oct 2, 2013 • By TWS PODCAST
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with senior writer Mark Hemingway on his view of the government shutdown from inside the Beltway.
Hosted by Michael Graham.2:15 PM, Sep 27, 2013 • By TWS PODCAST
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with executive editor Fred Barnes on the unwillingness by President Obama to lead on the budget, debt, and the continuing resolution.
4:43 PM, Apr 8, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
While the possible government shutdown means most federal employees, from the National Park Service workers to those handling your tax returns at the IRS, won't be coming into work, some bureaucrats at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are going to keep punching the clock. At the department's website, HHS has posted its shutdown contingency plan for its employees. Here's the relevant part for the department's Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight:
2:20 PM, Apr 7, 2011 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Earlier today, Senate majority leader Harry Reid said during floor remarks that he would support a "clean" short-term spending bill passed by the House, and President Obama indicated later that he would sign such a bill. The problem, Reid said in a press conference later, is all of the "riders" the Republicans have included in their measure to fund the government for one week and the troops for the rest of the fiscal year. Reid said the dispute over riders boils down to two issues: "women's health" and "clean air."