House Republican leaders prevailed in lobbying the conservative House Freedom Caucus and defense hawks, passing a stopgap measure that would keep the government open through Feb. 16. But Democrats signaled they had rallied enough opposition to stop the bill because it does not include a solution for undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children.
As other federal agencies prepared to close, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke was working out plans to keep the parks open without staff on site in an attempt to minimize public anger over the disruption of services.
If they misbehaved, the 13 siblings living in a California home would be tied to their beds, officials said, using ropes at first but later chains and padlocks. Over time, officials said, the periods of confinement grew longer, and the children would not be released to use the bathroom.
The decision means that this year’s elections are likely to be conducted under the 2016 boundaries that a lower court found unconstitutional and in which Republicans hold 10 out of 13 congressional seats.
The Washington region is the only metro area with three locations among the 20 rivals vying for the headquarters and 50,000 jobs. Local leaders crowed about the news, but it also stirred concerns of the potential to worsen traffic, burden school systems and drive up housing prices.
On his trip to Pennsylvania, the president followed a path blazed by his White House predecessors by mixing campaign politics with official presidential business. Government watchdogs have raised red flags over such dual-purpose jaunts and who pays for them.