Clockwise, from above, a crew member of the U.S.S. Nautilus walks the pier next to the historic submarine as the Submarine Force Museum and historic ship U.S.S. Nautilus are closed to the public. Visitors photograph the closed Lincoln Memorial from behind barriers on the first day of a government shutdown in Washington. And Gregg Tinkham, a Valley Forge National Park chief ranger, and Trevor Blasco, a park law enforcement ranger, monitor a park entrance near a sign indicating park closure on the first day of a government shutdown in Valley Forge, Pa.
After shutting down the U.S. government for 16 days and driving the nation toward the brink of default, a chastened Congress voted late Wednesday to reopen federal agencies, call hundreds of thousands of civil servants back to work and raise the $16.7 trillion debt limit.
U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy said earlier Wednesday that they supported a deal reached that night to reopen the federal government and raise the debt ceiling, but that it was not a cause for celebration.
Congress has passed legislation to reopen the partially-shuttered federal government and avert a potentially disastrous default on U.S. obligations, clearing the measure for President Barack Obama's promised signature.
WASHINGTON — A spokesman for Speaker John Boehner says the House will vote Tuesday night on legislation that would reopen the government and avert a financial default.Michael Steel says the bill would keep the government operating until Dec. 15 and let the Treasury borrow money until Feb. 7.It also says members of Congress, the president, vice president and thousands of congressional aides would no...
Groton — The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut has postponed its annual Military Appreciation Breakfast scheduled for this Friday because of the federal government shutdown.The shutdown has limited the activities that service members can participate in. A new date for the fourth annual event has not yet been set."The decision to postpone the event was made in conjunction with the U.S. Navy...
As the government shutdown entered its third week Monday, members of the state’s congressional delegation said they were hopeful a deal could soon be reached to reopen the government and avoid defaulting on the national debt.
The United States moved perilously closer to an economy-rattling default and a partial government shutdown entered its third week as Senate Democratic and Republican leaders remained at odds over spending in their last-ditch negotiations to end the crises facing the nation.
WASHINGTON — After weeks of stubborn gridlock, the Senate's top two leaders raced to reach an agreement Monday that could head off a first-ever U.S. Treasury default threatened for midweek and end the 14-day partial government shutdown.
The federal government shutdown has forced Pine Point School to postpone its scheduled trip to Washington, D.C., while Mystic Middle School will decide today whether to delay its trip next week until the spring.
TVCCA is worried about providing baby formula to clients through Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, or WIC, if the government shutdown continues beyond the end of the month.
President Barack Obama called the top Republican in the GOP-controlled House Tuesday, telling Speaker John Boehner once again that he won't negotiate over reopening the government or must-pass legislation to prevent a U.S. default on its obligations.
The majority of Department of Defense civilian personnel are returning to work this week, a development Connecticut officials say is great news, although they remain concerned about the potential long-term effects of the federal government shutdown.
Customers whose jobs are affected by the government shutdown might qualify for relief and assistance from Chelsea Groton Bank.If customers are in need of financial assistance as a result of the government shutdown, they should visit a Chelsea Groton branch or call the Customer Care Center at (860) 448-4200. Relief may be in the form of loan assistance, special payment programs, or financial counseling.Chelsea...
Only two days after House Speaker John Boehner raised hopes by telling colleagues he won't let the nation go into default, key members of both parties conceded that no one has presented a plausible plan for avoiding it.
While state officials say there is enough money on hand to help low-income households through the beginning of the heating season, they warn that such assistance could be at risk in the event of a lengthy federal shutdown.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama decided to stay home from economic summits in Asia as Democrats stepped up pressure on congressional Republicans to rein in their tea party faction and reopen the government with no strings attached.House Republicans said that with Congress and the president in town this weekend, now is the perfect time to start negotiating a plan to reopen the government."All I'm...
Veterans groups that had planned trips to the memorial have been permitted to visit, despite closure of the nation's national parks, monuments and historic sites since Tuesday, after Congress failed to act to keep the government running.
UPDATED: 4:55 p.m. U.S. Rep Joe Courtney was on the phone with an under-secretary of defense when he heard the Capitol's warning system blaring Thursday afternoon. "Tension is running high obviously because of the political environment. We just had a round of votes that I walked back from and was on a conference call," Courtney, D-2nd District, said 15 minutes after the shooting.
WASHINGTON — Efforts to resolve the government shutdown were at a standstill Thursday as President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner traded barbs, the Treasury warned of a dire risk to the economy ahead and work in the Capitol was briefly halted because of gunshots outside. U.S. Capitol police put the entire complex under lockdown for about a half hour after a police officer was injured in the shooting outside. Witnesses said the...
While the more than 500 families with children who attend Head Start programs in New London County are not affected by the government shutdown, in Bridgeport, more than 1,000 youngsters were turned away Monday from the all-day preschool programs.
UPDATED: 7:35 p.m. President Obama and congressional leaders met at the White House on the second day of a partial government shutdown. House Speaker John Boehner says it was a nice conversation but suggested little progress was made.
Hartford — United Technologies Corp. says it may furlough more than 5,000 workers if the U.S. government shutdown continues into next month.United Technologies says its Sikorsky division, which makes Black Hawk helicopters, would be hit first. It expects nearly 2,000 employees, including those employed at facilities in Connecticut, Florida and Alabama, will be furloughed by Monday.The...
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama called top lawmakers to the White House on Wednesday as Republicans refused Democratic demands to consider legislation ending a two-day partial government shutdown. Despite the invitation, White House press secretary Jay Carney said sharply that Obama "will not offer concessions to Republicans in exchange for not tanking the economy." With the nation's ability to...
Beech Grove, Ind., resident Joseph Lohman, 25, who served as a corporal in the Marines from 2008 to 2012, shows his concern Tuesday over the government shutdown by holding an American flag upside down, a signal of distress, just north of I-465, where he has been since midnight Monday. Lohman is disabled from a fall in training and is concerned about veterans not getting their disability checks. "I'm not protesting," says Lohman, "I'm just standing up for what is right."
The political stare-down on Capitol Hill shows no signs of easing, leaving federal government functions — from informational websites, to national parks, to processing veterans' claims — in limbo from coast to coast. Lawmakers in both parties ominously suggested the partial shutdown might last for weeks.
The local offices of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Eastern Connecticut Conservation District closed Tuesday due to the federal government shutdown.
Close to 1,300 people arrived at work Tuesday morning at the Naval Submarine Base in Groton and Connecticut National Guard facilities, only to set up out-of-office messages and take care of last-minute business.
For the first time in nearly two decades, the federal government staggered into a partial shutdown early Tuesday morning after congressional Republicans stubbornly demanded changes in the nation's health care law as the price for essential federal funding and President Barack Obama and Democrats adamantly refused.