Chris Bergin, beware. If your website facilitates NASA employees communicating openly about their work, you might be accessory to a crime!
Again - that's the ramifications of a shutdown. It's illegal to work for free. Checking your corporate email isn't a hobby
The likelihood of a war-time federal government shutdown—the first in American history—diminished dramatically on Friday night as all parties began reviewing, with the goal of approving, a broad array of cuts and a short-term bill to keep the government operating while the details are put into legislative language for full congressional action next week.
No deal according to BBC News.Top Democratic leader Harry Reid said both sides had agreed to $38bn (£23bn) in cuts but were unable to agree on Republican wishes not to allow federal funding for abortion.But House Speaker John Boehner said the main issue was the level of cuts.Unbelievable if it comes down to abortion!
Reportedly working on a 3 day 'extension' however, even that would require a vote and passage by both the House and then Senate and a signature from POTUS, all by midnight ET.
The latest news is that the Republicans and Democrats are getting close to a deal. The policy riders issue has been resolved. Reid will talk at 11:15PM.
Source has told Dana Bash from CNN that a deal is done for the rest of the year.To be confirmed
Given they are always late and slow on everything, it's odd that such a thing can be done in a very short time, but it can. This is because the actual language of a continuing resolution is extremely short and thus needs very little review. This isn't always the case, but it is often the case. Here's an example of the entire bill text from one of them:"The Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011 (Public Law 111-242) is amended by striking the date specified in section 106(3) and inserting `February 18, 2011'."