U.S. government shutdown, epektibo na; 800,000 federal workers, mapipilitang mag-leave ng walang sahod

admin   •   October 1, 2013   •   1997

New York City, USA - As of Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 12:01am, the U.S. Government partially shuts down as the congress declined to fund federal departments. Though 800,000 federal workers will be out of their jobs this morning, the Department of Homeland Security employees are expected to stay on the job, including officers at the boarders and ports of entries, members of the Coast Guard, Transportation Security Administration officers, Secret Service and other law enforcement agents. US Citizenship and Immigration Services will continue to process green card applications. (AARON ROMERO / Photoville International / UNTV)

FILE PHOTO: New York City, USA – As of Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 12:01am, the U.S. Government partially shuts down as the congress declined to fund federal departments. Though 800,000 federal workers will be out of their jobs this morning, the Department of Homeland Security employees are expected to stay on the job, including officers at the boarders and ports of entries, members of the Coast Guard, Transportation Security Administration officers, Secret Service and other law enforcement agents. US Citizenship and Immigration Services will continue to process green card applications. (AARON ROMERO / Photoville International / UNTV)

ESTADOS UNIDOS — Epektibo na ang government shutdown sa Amerika matapos mabigong magkasundo ang Republican at Democrats sa pagpasa ng emergency funding bill na naglalayong baguhin ang Health Care Law ni President Barack Obama.

Dahil dito, sinimulan na ng White House’s budget office na sabihan ang federal agencies na magsara na ng kanilang opisina. Tinatayang nasa 800-libong non-essential federal workers ang mapipilitang mag-leave ng walang sahod.

Apektado ng shut down ang ilang national parks at federal wildlife at posibleng maapektuhan rin ang pensyon ng mga beterano.

Ilang White House staff rin ang posibleng mamalagi na lang sa kanilang tirahan.

Pinangangambahang maantala rin ang passport, visa at mortgage applications sa bansa.

Bago pa man ang nakaambang government shutdown, pinirmihan ni President Obama ang isang panukalang batas na naglalayong maipagpatuloy ang sahod ng mahigit isang milyong military personnel na naka-duty.

Dismayado naman ang mga House Democrats sa pangyayaring ito.

Ayon kay Maryland Congressman Steny Hoyer, “We are unhappy because we think shutting down the government will hurt the economy, hurt the national security, undermine any morale that is left of our federal workers and do what the American people don’t want done and that is to shutdown government. They want, efficient, effective, cost-effective government but they don’t want to shut it down.”

Pahayag naman ni House Democratic Leader Nanci Pelosi, “You do not use the threat of shutting down government to try to advance your policy agenda — that’s just not the way it works and that is what is called irresponsible and that is why this is the Tea Party government shutdown.”

Sa kabila nito, tiwala pa rin si President Obama na malalampasan nila ang problemang ito bagama’t hindi maiaalis na mag-alala ito sa magiging epekto ng government shutdown sa ekonomiya ng bansa.

“Unfortunately, Congress has not fulfilled its responsibility. It’s failed to pass a budget and as a result much of our government must shut down until Congress funds it again. Secretary Hagel, General Dempsey and your commanders will have more information on how this affects you and your families. Today I want to speak directly to you about what happens next. Those of you in uniform will remain on your normal duty status. The threats to our national security have not changed and we need you to be ready for any contingency. Ongoing military operation like our efforts in Afghanistan will continue. If you’re serving in harm’s way we’re going to make sure you have what you need to succeed in your missions. Congress has passed, and I’m signing into law, legislation that makes sure that you get your paychecks on time and we’ll continue to address any impact this shutdown has on you and your families.”

“To all of our DOD civilians I know the days ahead could mean more uncertainty including possible furloughs and I know this comes on top of the furloughs that many of you already endured this summer. You and your families deserve better than the dysfunction we’re seeing in Congress,” saad ni Obama.

Taong 1995 at 1996 nang huling magkaroon ng shutdown ang US government kung saan umabot sa $1.4 billion ang ginastos ng gobyerno upang makapagpatuloy ang operasyon nito. (James Bontuyan / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

PCG recognizes bravery of coast guard who saved over 50 lives

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 19, 2019

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has recognized Petty Officer Third Class (PO3) Ralph Barajan for his bravery in saving over 50 lives after the MV Siargao Princess sank off Sibonga, Cebu on November 7.

PO3 Barajan received a plaque of recognition and a cash incentive from the Office of Presidential Adviser for the Visayas Secretary Michael Lloyd Diño and the whole Central Visayan region.

“Diño said that Barajan’s bravery serves as an inspiration to the young generation to be selfless and be of service to others,” according to the Facebook post of the PCG.

Meanwhile, Commodore Ronnie Gavan also received an award for the PCG for its consistent, timely, and effective response to maritime emergencies resulting in zero casualties in the region.—AAC

Democrats say summary of Trump’s call with Zelenskiy raises more questions than answers

Robie de Guzman   •   September 26, 2019

Democratic members of the U.S. Congress were not satisfied by the White House summary of a phone call between U.S. President Donald Trump and Ukranian President Volodmyr Zelenskiy, suggesting the document raises more questions than answers about Trump’s efforts to exert pressure of Zelenskiy to open an investigation on Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

“The release of the transcript of one of President Trump’s calls with President Zelenskiy, which just came out, will not assuage our concerns or the public’s concerns. Based on early reports, it may heighten them,” Senator Chuck Schumer, the Democratic leader, said.

Hakeem Jeffries, the Democratic leader in the House of Representatives, said the role of Trump’s attorney, Rudolf Giuliani, as a back-channel interlocutor to the Ukrainian government is particularly disturbing to Democrats.

“That is lawless. That undermines our national security. That is an abuse of power. That is unpatriotic. That undermines the electoral process and our democracy and the American people will not stand for it,” Jeffries said. (Reuters)

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Trump, Obama tout clashing visions of U.S. as elections near

UNTV News   •   November 5, 2018

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Barack Obama (R) greets President-elect Donald Trump at inauguration ceremonies swearing in Trump as president on the West front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Barack Obama made dueling election appearances on Sunday, offering sharply different views on the country’s problems but agreeing on the high stakes for voters in the final 48 hours of a tight campaign.

With opinion polls showing dozens of tight U.S. congressional and gubernatorial races in Tuesday’s election, the current and former presidents said the results would determine what kind of country Americans live in for the next two years.

“This election will decide whether we build on this extraordinary prosperity we have created,” Trump told a cheering crowd in Macon, Georgia, warning that Democrats would “take a giant wrecking ball to our economy.”

Trump campaigned with Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who is in a tight race with Democrat Stacey Abrams for the governor’s office.

Obama condemned Trump, without addressing him by name, and Republicans for what he described as their divisive policies and repeated lies. He hammered Trump and Republicans for repeatedly trying to repeal his signature healthcare law while at the same time claiming to support the law’s protections for those with pre-existing conditions.

“The only check right now on the behavior of these Republicans is you and your vote,” Obama told supporters in Gary, Indiana, during a rally for endangered Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly.

“The character of our country is on the ballot,” he said.

Trump and Obama are the most popular figures in their parties, and their appearances on the campaign trail are designed to stoke enthusiasm among core supporters in the late stages of a midterm congressional election widely seen as a referendum on Trump’s first two years in the White House.

Opinion polls and election forecasters have made Democrats favorites on Tuesday to pick up the 23 seats they need to capture a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, which would enable them to stymie Trump’s legislative agenda and investigate his administration.

Republicans are favored to retain their slight majority in the U.S. Senate, currently at two seats, which would let them retain the power to approve U.S. Supreme Court and other judicial nominations on straight party-line votes.

In the midst of a six-day national blitz of rallies ahead of Tuesday’s election, Trump will also appear later on Sunday in Tennessee, which hosts a vital U.S. Senate race.

HARD-LINE RHETORIC

In the final stages of the campaign, Trump has ramped up his hard-line rhetoric on immigration and cultural issues including warnings about a caravan of migrants headed to the border with Mexico and of liberal “mobs.”

He repeated those themes in Georgia, urging voters to “look at what is marching up – that’s an invasion.” He said Democrats encouraged chaos at the borders because it was good politics.

Ronna McDaniel, head of the Republican National Committee, said on ABC’s “This Week” program that the media had chosen to focus on Trump’s immigration rhetoric but the president was also emphasizing economic and job gains under his presidency.

The Labor Department on Friday reported sharply better-than-expected job creation in October, with the unemployment rate steady at a 49-year low of 3.7 percent and wages notching their best annual gain in almost a decade.

But in Indiana, Obama said Republicans were taking credit for the economic renewal that started under his presidency. “You hear those Republicans brag about how good the economy is, where do you think that started?” he asked.

Obama also appeared later on Sunday in his old home state of Illinois, which hosts a competitive governor’s race and several tight U.S. House of Representative races. Obama’s appearance on the campaign trail is his second in three days.

In the battle for the Senate, Democrats are defending seats in 10 states that Trump won in the 2016 presidential election, including a handful that he won by double digits.

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, who heads the Democratic Senate campaign arm, said it was “remarkable” that Democrats were even in striking distance of capturing the Senate given the unfavorable map they faced.

“The fact we still have a narrow path to a majority is a sea change from where we were two years ago,” he said on ABC. “These are some very close races and they are in states where Trump won big.”

As of Sunday morning, almost 34.4 million people had cast ballots early, according to the Election Project at the University of Florida, which tracks turnout. That is up 67.8 percent from the 20.5 million early votes cast in all of 2014, the last federal election when the White House was not at stake.

For all Reuters election coverage, click: here

Reporting by John Whitesides; Editing by Lisa Shumaker and Susan Thomas

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