federal government shutdown

Malloy: Conn. Working On Shutdown Contingency Plan

Oct 16, 2013

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy says his administration is working on a plan to help fund some programs in Connecticut affected by the partial federal government shutdown.

The Democrat said Tuesday the contingency plan will be released in the "coming days," but warned that the state does not have an unlimited amount to spend.

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The U.S. is in the 15th day of a government shutdown, and potential deals may be in the works to open Washington back up and end the looming threat of default.


By a large margin Republicans get blamed for the shutdown of the federal government in a recent poll of voters in Massachusetts conducted by the Western New England University Polling Institute. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with polling institute director Tim Vercellotti

Heat, Rent Subsidies In Danger If Shutdown Lingers

Oct 11, 2013
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Millions of low-income Americans in Massachusetts could face delays in receiving help paying their heating bills and monthly rent if the federal government shutdown lingers several more weeks.

That's according to local agencies and state officials who administer the programs.

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP, and a voucher program that allows poor families, seniors and the disabled live in private rental units could be impacted starting next month.

  Congress’ unpopularity is hitting new lows during the shutdown.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Tim Vercellotti, director of the Western New England University poll and professor of political science, tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that Republicans appear to be taking most of the blame.

US Air Force

On the seventh day of the federal government shutdown, thousands of civilian employees returned to work Monday at a half dozen military bases in Massachusetts.

       The 270 civilian employees at Westover Air Reserve base in Chicopee went to work Monday as a result of a decision by the Secretary of Defense. Lt. Col. James Bishop, the chief public affairs officer at the base, said the civilians were notified over the weekend to come back to work.


Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick had some harsh words the federal government as he made stops in the western part of the state today.

“It’s embarrassing," said Patrick.

“The Tea Party Republicans are playing a big game with the lives of some little people frankly,” he said. “I think that’s got to end.”

The democrat says this is not a new issue, but it has reached a new level.


As the nation endures day three of the partial federal government shutdown, New York’s congressional representatives from the Hudson Valley say they’re trying to open all the closed doors. 

10/3/13 - Panel

Oct 3, 2013

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, newsman Ray Graf and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao. Joe Donahue moderates.

Topics include:
Fiscal Crisis
Costs of Shutdown
Tom Clancy

Keith Strudler: Government Shutdown Halts Sports Too

Oct 2, 2013

For the past several years, the military academies, Army, Navy, Air Force, have been at something of a disadvantage in sports, at least in the context of major Division I football. There’s a whole lot of reasons for that. They’ve got that unseemly burden of training both for football and for war. There’s not a lot of gut majors to work with. And as a recruiting pitch, coaches can promise high school stars guaranteed employment upon graduation, most likely in Iraq. That’s not a great sales pitch for any kid dreaming about a different kind of uniform, namely one with an NFL logo on it.