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On the National Scene…

Lawmakers dig in for a protracted impasse over border wall

By Julie Hirschfeld Davis, New York Times

When Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California stepped to a microphone last week and pronounced President Trump’s border wall “an immorality,” most Democrats cheered and nodded their heads.

But a few privately grimaced, worried that such stark terminology could make it more difficult for Democrats and Republicans to find their way out of an impasse over border security that has partially shuttered the government for three weeks, deprived about 800,000 federal workers of their pay and increasingly threatens beneficiaries of federal programs.

Senator Chuck Schumer, the minority leader, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi before delivering a response to President Donald Trump’s address to the nation on Tuesday. Photo Credit: Erin Schaff for The New York Times

President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence speak to journalists before going into the Senate policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday. (Photo Credit: Melina Mara/The Washington Post)

A Look at How the Government Shutdown

Is Affecting West Virginia

by The Intelligencer

The employment of about 18,000 West Virginians has been directly affected by the federal government shutdown, and Sen. Joe Manchin, D.-W.Va., said a number of those workers are staying on the job — without pay, for now. Sen. Manchin announced that he is donating his salary - during the shutdown - to the WV Food Bank.
                  A look at how the shutdown is impacting West Virginia workers:

For your Calendars…

Democrats Focus on Shutdown’s Cost and

Steer Away From Trump’s Wall

On the West Virginia Scene…

By Erica Werner, Mike DeBonis and Sean Sullivan

The Washington Post

President Trump faced skepticism from some Senate Republicans about his government shutdown strategy Wednesday, but emerged from a closed-door meeting with GOP lawmakers to insist: “The Republicans are totally unified.”

“There was no discussion of anything other than solidarity,” Trump told reporters after meeting with GOP senators on day 19 of a partial government shutdown over his demands for $5.7 billion to construct miles of walls along the U.S.-Mexico border.

But inside the meeting there was not unanimity on Trump’s approach, according to lawmakers present.

• The FBI’s largest division is located in Clarksburg and employs more than 2,500 federal workers. About two-thirds of the employees are working withoutpay while the rest have been furloughed until the shutdown ends.

• The Department of Treasury employs around 2,200 employees in Parkersburg. However, because a large number of employees are paid through a revolving fund separate from annual appropriations, almost 80 percent are exempt from the shutdown.

• The U.S. Bureau of Prisons has around 1,000 employees at seven federal correctional institutions, penitentiaries, and prison camps around the state. Nearly all of these staff, and particularly those working directly at federal prisons, are considered essential and will work without pay.

• The Coast Guard has more than 400 employees at three facilities in West Virginia. Both the Vessel Documentation Center and the Operations Center in the Eastern Panhandle have closed, and all civilian Coast Guard employees are furloughed without pay.

• Customs & Border Patrol operates its Advanced Training Center in Harpers Ferry, where hundreds of federal employees and contractors train more than 8,000 border agents each year. The center is closed during the shutdown.

• NASA employs around 200 full-time federal workers and contractors at the Independent Verification & Validation Center in Fairmont. All but one of the federal workers has been furloughed during the shutdown.

• The Green Bank Observatory is a critical employer in Pocahontas County. While it is operated by the National Science Foundation, which is closed during the shutdown, Green Bank’s funding is provided by both NSF and other sources, so it remains open.

• The Federal Aviation Administration employs around 120 people throughout the state. Of these, about 20 percent (24) have been furloughed.

• Federal courts in West Virginia have enough funding through court fee balances and other funds to operate until next week before they will be impacted by the shutdown.

• West Virginia has a number of national parks and forests. These national recreation areas will remain open for visitors, but services will not be available, and non-essential employees have been furloughed.

BCDA's first meeting of 2019 is…

January 28th
Hoss's Steak and Sea House Restaurant

195 Aikens Ctr
Martinsburg WV 25401