U.S. Senate leaders say they have reached an 11th-hour compromise to reopen the federal government and avoid a debt default. Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss says the last few weeks of budget fights in Washington haven’t done anyone any good.
Friday was payday for the CDC’s employees. Or, rather, half a payday. Employees of the Atlanta-based public health agency received roughly half their pay last week due to the federal shutdown. Workers were paid for the one week prior to the shutdown, but the second week of the pay period was affected by the shutdown.
On the evening of Sept. 30, Palmer Feibelman received an email he didn’t expect. It informed him that he might not be receiving his monthly stipend of $2,122 from the U.S. Navy due to the government shutdown. Feibelman is a first-year medical student at the Georgia Regents University-University of Georgia Medical Partnership in Athens and a recipient in the Health Professions Scholarship Program.
National Head Start Association officials say a donation of up to $10 million from two philanthropists will help keep Head Start programs running during the federal government shutdown. Programs in Georgia that closed last week are among those who will be able to keep running with the money.
The government shutdown has damaged the CDC’s ability to detect and prevent disease, the agency’s director said Monday. Roughly 9,000 of the 13,000 employees of the Atlanta-based public health agency have been furloughed by the shutdown.
Furloughed civilian employees at military bases across Georgia headed back to work Monday morning, after Congress passed a bill late last week ending furloughs for Defense Department employees who provide direct support for the military.
Friday marks Day 4 of a government shutdown after congressional leaders couldn’t come to a budget agreement Monday night. At its core, Congress is a workplace where co-workers must tackle projects together and must work as a team to get things done. Our resident workplace expert, Brandon Smith, explains some of the lessons in compromise we can take from the government shutdown.