Government Shutdown

Government, Business

Small Businesses Not Optimistic Over Economic Outlook

Small Business Scott Eells/Bloomberg News

Sentiment among U.S. small businesses slumped in January to the lowest level since Donald Trump became president as the economic outlook weakened amid the longest-ever U.S. government shutdown.

Chibuike Oguh | Bloomberg News
February 12, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

Transportation Agencies Reopen After Truce Ends Historic Shutdown

Trump Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS

The truce between congressional Democrats and President Donald Trump on Jan. 25 halting the longest federal government shutdown in history meant more than 16,000 staffers at the U.S. Department of Transportation will no longer be furloughed.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
January 29, 2019
Government, Business

Tax Refunds Will Be Paid on Time Despite Shutdown, Mnuchin Says

Steven Mnuchin Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (Al Drago/Bloomberg News)

The U.S. Treasury Department is ready for the tax season and will pay tax refunds “as normal,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told Fox Business News on Jan. 29.

Bloomberg News
January 29, 2019
Government, Business

House, Senate Pass Bill to End Shutdown, Fund Government Through Feb. 15

Rep. Nancy Pelosi Rep. Nancy Pelosi signs a deal to end a partial government shutdown on Jan. 25. (Eric Thayer/Bloomberg News)

Congress voted to end the 35-day partial government shutdown after President Donald Trump capitulated to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and agreed to reopen federal agencies without any guarantee of money for his proposed border wall.

Bloomberg News
January 25, 2019
Government, Business, Safety, Editorial

Editorial: Watching the Slowdowns, Ending the Shutdown

A gangbusters year marked by soaring freight rates and frenzied order and sales activity for equipment ended on a soft note, as December saw reported declines in both truck tonnage and trailer orders. It had to happen eventually, but some may feel cheated that the industry didn’t get to close out this otherwise stellar year on a high note.

Transport Topics
January 24, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics

Government Shutdown Strains Emerge in US Air Travel System

Atlanta Airport A line of people wait in the security line at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. (Elijah Nouvelage/Bloomberg News)

The strain of a 34-day partial government shutdown is weighing on the nation’s air-travel system, both the federal workers who make it go and the airlines that depend on them. Air traffic controllers and airport security agents continued to work without pay — they will miss a second biweekly paycheck Jan. 25 — but high absentee rates raise the threat of long airport lines, or worse.

David Koenig | Associated Press
January 24, 2019
Government, Business

Jobless Claims Fall to 49-Year Low Despite Shutdown

Jobless Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News

Filings for U.S. unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level since 1969, signaling the labor market remains tight despite the partial federal-government shutdown.

Katia Dmitrieva | Bloomberg News
January 24, 2019
Government, Business

Shutdown at Day 32 as Democrats Vow to Reject Trump Offer

Donald Trump Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Donald Trump. (Al Drago/Bloomberg News)

The longest government shutdown in U.S. history entered its 32nd day on Jan. 22 with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell expected to call up legislation to advance a proposal from President Donald Trump, which Democrats have already said they’ll reject.

Chris Strohm and Steven T Dennis | Bloomberg News
January 22, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics

Missing Data During Shutdown Complicates Consumer Spending Reports

Consumers David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News

The U.S. growth outlook hangs more than ever on American consumers’ resilience amid stock market swoons and trade-war tensions, but key data on their spending — the biggest part of the economy — will be missing due to the government shutdown.

Shobhana Chandra | Bloomberg News
January 15, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics

TSA Begins to Feel Squeeze From Government Shutdown

TSA TSA security checkpoint (Seth Wenig/Associated Press)

The Transportation Security Administration plans to begin closing a handful of security checkpoints at airports around the United States as soon as this weekend in response to staff shortages triggered by a partial federal government shutdown now in its third week.

Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
January 11, 2019