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No House Vote on Shutdown Tuesday Night

October 15, 2013 Time is running out to hammer out a deal on the debt limit. The government has already been shut down for 15 days. But the end may be in sight. Stick here for updates from National Journal's team of congressional reporters throughout the day. UPDATE (7:23 p.m.): Senate Leaders Say...

U.S. Faults Operator of Texas Explosion Site

October 15, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The United States is pursuing nearly $120,000 in penalties against an Iowa-based company over alleged procedural lapses at the site of a deadly April fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, the Los Angeles Times reported. Adair Grain's missteps included "unsafe handling and storage" of ammonium nitrate, as well as lacking...

Bioterrorism Fear Led Scientists to Withhold Botulinum Toxin Info

October 11, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Researchers have uncovered a new breed of Botulinum toxin, however, they are withholding certain information about the neurotoxin out of concern it could be misused by individuals seeking to develop a biological weapon, National Public Radio reported on Wednesday. Botulinum toxin is produced by the bacterium, Clostridium botulinum, which is...

Patience Wearing Thin Among Those Most Affected by Shutdown

October 11, 2013 Double Whammy Carl Triplett, an IT management analyst at the U.S. Department of Transportation, has the dubious distinction of being doubly impacted by the government shutdown. Not only has Triplett been furloughed, but Carolina Q, the food-truck business he co-owns with his partner, has lost some of its customer base....

Updates: The Latest on a Republican Debt-Ceiling Deal

October 10, 2013 A week away from potentially exhausing the U.S. government's borrowing authority, Congress is making moves on the debt ceiling. National Journal has updates on the negotiations, or lack thereof. Check back below or click here to view National Journal for the latest. UPDATE: (7:09 p.m.) Speaker Boehner Has Left the...

Los Alamos, Sandia Labs Prepare to Shut Down Amid Budget Impasse

October 9, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow New Mexico's two national laboratories are preparing to freeze their nonessential activities in less than two weeks in the event the federal government shutdown is still in place. The U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration ordered the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Sandia National Laboratories to be ready to shut...

From Maine to Colorado, Shutdown Puts Federal Employees' Lives on Hold

October 9, 2013 The government shutdown that is now in its second week is affecting hundreds of thousands of federal employees around the country. While the work stoppage continues, National Journal Daily is asking some of those public servants to share stories of what they and all Americans are missing without their government...

Backlogs and Worries Grow Among Furloughed Federal Workers

October 8, 2013 The government shutdown that is now into its second week is affecting hundreds of thousands of federal employees around the country. While the work stoppage continues, National Journal Daily is asking some of those public servants to share stories of what they and all Americans are missing without their government...

Furloughed Workers Nationwide Feel the Pain of Congressional Gridlock

October 7, 2013 The government shutdown that goes into its second week on Tuesday—unless Congress reaches agreement by Monday night on a stopgap spending bill—has more than 800,000 federal workers around the country out of work, out of a paycheck, and out of patience. While the work stoppage continues, National Journal Daily will...

Shutdown, Day 3: Updates

October 3, 2013 As the federal government shutdown enters day three, hundreds of thousands of employees are officially off the job, and uncertain whether they will be paid for their forced time off. Stay tuned here for ongoing updates on the situation from our friends at National Journal. Congressional action was suspended after...

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