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The Daily Countable: A Government Shutdown Is Looming. Who Needs Egg Nog?

by Countable | 12.21.17

We hope you are in the midst of your holiday celebrations. We are waiting with bated breath to see if Congress will fund the government by tomorrow so they (and we) can all get on with our holiday revelry. Cross your fingers for us?

On the Radar

The House has rolled short term funding for the government and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) with an extension of intelligence surveillance (Section 702 for us policy nerds) into one big package, with an $81 billion disaster relief package separately.

Is that the right way to go about it? Make sure and tell your Members of Congress! It's crunch time, friends!

Under the Radar

The Justice Department says the military isn't ready to meet a January 1 deadline to start admitting transgender recruits, but advocates for the change say a detailed memo released this week shows they are. What do you think? Want to know more? Check out our article and then make your voice heard!

Your Gov at a Glance 👀

The White House: President Trump in DC

  • The president has no public events today, but he's been busy on Twitter pointing the finger at Democrats if spending bills can't get passed and celebrating the tax reform bill.

The House of Representatives: In Session

  • Voting on a billto fund the government through January 19, 2018 while authorizing Section 702 surveillance during that period and making short-term funding available for CHIP.
  • Voting on a bill to provide $81 billion in disaster relief.

The Senate: In Session

  • Voting on a billto fund the government through January 19, 2018 while authorizing Section 702 surveillance during that period and making short-term funding available for CHIP.
  • Voting on a bill to provide $81 billion in disaster relief.



Wherever you are, we hope you're happy, safe and warm. Pour me an egg nog, will ya? I'll be right over.

— Andrea Seabrook, Managing Editor

Talk to Andrea via email, andrea [at] countable.us, or on twitter, @RadioBabe. And don’t forget to keep in touch @Countable.

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  • NoHedges
    12/21/2017
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    I am ok with a government shutdown. Especially, is it hampers the passage of anymore of 45s dictatorship policies IN ANYWAY. Hard to carry out orders when they have all be sent home. Besides this government is holding children's healthcare hostage to pass other corrupt legislation. I thought America didn't negotiate with Domestic terrorists.

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