Government Shutdown

The White House and Congress reached a deal last week to keep the government open — at least until this fall.

But in reality, the compromise may well have just kicked the can down the road until September, when both sides may be spoiling for a fight amid the specter of a government shutdown.

Updated at 12:30 p.m. ET

The Republican chairmen of the House and Senate Appropriations committees have endorsed the idea of a short-term spending bill to keep the government open while budget negotiations continue.

The stop-gap spending measure, introduced by House Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen of New Jersey, would put off the deadline to May 5.

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U.S. Republican Rep. Ed Whitfield says a different focus for the Republican Party may have been more effective in negotiations during the 16-day partial government shutdown earlier this month. Whitfield made his remarks in a weekend WKMS interview.

Whitfield said Republican uproar over the Affordable Care Act was understandable because, he said, the overreaching public law is riddled with problems the federal and state governments are battling. Because of that, though, Whitfield said he believes portions of the law upon which Republican scrutiny is centered will fall apart regardless of Congressional opposition.

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Illinois officials say federal employees in the state who were furloughed during the government shutdown have to repay unemployment insurance benefits.

Illinois Department of Employment Security says preliminary data shows of the almost 3,000 workers who applied for unemployment insurance 577 were paid benefits that total more than $231,000. The department says it’s sending those employees notices that the money must be repaid. If it isn’t, department officials can take steps to recover the money like garnishing tax refunds.

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U.S. Sen. Rand Paul says he’s confident another partial federal government shutdown won’t occur when the stopgap deal that reopened the government expires in January.

Paul made his comments in Murray as he visited western Kentucky Monday, for a series of events.

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Officials in some towns along Kentucky's rivers are worried about being left blind the next time a waterway reaches overflow levels because of spending cuts.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security is delaying the release of its September employment data because of the partial government shutdown.

A proposal to end the government shutdown and avoid default orchestrated by Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic Leader Harry Reid includes a nearly $3 billion earmark for a Kentucky project.

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Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear is taking Congress to task over damage done to the  state  by the government shutdown. The Democratic governor blames what he calls  out-of-touch elected officials for creating a mess in order to score political points. His sharpest criticism of the shutdown at  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

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Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-01) will vote in favor of a bipartisan Senate plan that will reopen the U.S. Government and increase the U.S. debt limit.

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