Five Ways the Trump Shutdown Is Harming Struggling Workers, Families and Communities

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By Donovan Hicks, Heidi Schultheis, Rejane Frederick, Azza Altiraifi and Rachel West, Center for American Progress President Donald Trump recently claimed that he can relate to the strain experienced by federal workers living paycheck-to-paycheck. However, his efforts to prolong the current...
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What the Government Shutdown Means for Food, Farmers and Eaters

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By Lela Nargi, Sierra Club The US government shutdown, now in its 27th day, has left non-essential discretionary programs in nine out of its 15 departments shuttered. One of these departments. the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), oversees or otherwise funds programs related to producing our...
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Federal Government Shutdown a Boon to Scammers

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By John Breyault, National Consumers League With the partial government shutdown about to enter Day 27, there is no shortage of stories about the shutdown’s impact on everyday citizens. With the shutdown hurting millions of Americans and costing the economy billions of dollars, one group is...
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Wall Before Country Takes Mounting Toll on Americans Everywhere

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By Rhea Suh, Natural Resources Defense Council One month on, the longest and most senseless U.S. government shutdown in history is taking a grave and growing toll on the environment and public health. Food inspectors have been idled or are working without pay, increasing the risk we’ll get sick...
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Reliable Data Is One of the Many Victims of the Government Shutdown

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By Julia Wolfe, Economic Policy Institute One of the many things we rely on the federal government for is timely, accurate, independent, and publicly available data that is used by households, businesses, and policymakers to make informed economic decisions. Of the many negative effects of the...
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Wheeler Plugs Polluters, Leaves EPA Employees Hanging

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By Alyssa Roberts, League of Conservation Voters Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler wasted no time touting nonexistent “environmental progress” during his confirmation hearing to lead the EPA this morning — but the *real* environmental champions in the Senate were quick to call out his...
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Reading Between the Lines of Wheeler’s Pro-Polluter Agenda

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By Marty Hayden, Earthjustice Former coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler’s confirmation hearing Wednesday for the EPA’s top role offered the public a glimpse of how he’s likely to run the agency: with a mild-mannered tone that masks a climate denier agenda. Wheeler’s testimony confirms that...
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