Entries in Governtment Shutdown (3)


'Black Hawk Down' Museum Display Falls Victim to Gov't Shutdown

Airborne and Special Operations Museum(WASHINGTON) -- It was supposed to be a tribute to the American soldiers who fought and died for their country 20 years ago in Somalia during the infamous “Black Hawk Down” operation. But outside of a quiet gathering of veterans of that deadly incident, the public has not been able to see the Army’s brand-new “Battle of Mogadishu” exhibit, which was scheduled to open on Friday at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum in North Carolina, thanks to the ongoing government shutdown.

Despite the notable anniversary, the museum, like so many other government buildings, is closed until further notice as part of the nationwide federal shutdown, according to a notice posted on the museum foundation’s website.

The museum planned to make a small exception to host a gathering of Black Hawk Down veterans as well as their friends and family, according to an attendee. But it’s unclear when the general public will be allowed to get a fresh look at what those men fought so hard for.

“We are disappointed that the hard work and the accomplishment of the Army staff in the building of this exhibit… We’re just disappointed that we’re closed,” said Paul Galloway, the executive director of the Airborne and Special Operations Museum Foundation, which supports the Army’s museum. “We’re looking forward to the time that we’re open to the public so they can see the exhibit. This exhibit is going to be worth seeing.”

The Oct. 3, 1993 mission was to “snatch” two top lieutenants of Somali warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid from a building in Mogadishu – the center of violence in war-torn Somalia populated by countless armed civilians and militia members. The mission, though ultimately successful, went awry when two Black Hawk helicopters were shot down over the city and American troops were pinned down in several attempted rescues. With gunfire crackling around them almost non-stop, the dozens of soldiers stayed in the city overnight until reinforcements arrived on Oct. 4. In the end, 18 American soldiers were killed and dozens more wounded.

An Army spokesperson declined to comment on the museum’s closing.

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Gov't Shutdown Gets Closer: Obama, Boehner, Reid Don't Reach Deal

MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) --  Yet again, President Obama and the leaders of the House and Senate gathered at the White House and failed to reach an agreement on how to keep the federal government funded and open beyond an end-of-Friday deadline.

"We have narrowed the issues," House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said in a joint written statement after their fourth meeting at the White House Thursday evening. "However, we have not yet reached an agreement. We will continue to work through the night to attempt to resolve our remaining differences."

It was the second meeting with Obama Thursday, and the statement sounded strikingly similar to comments following the earlier White House meetings.

President Obama claimed "additional progress" while noting time was growing short to avert a government shutdown that would have wide effects, including perhaps 800,000 federal worker furloughs, curtailment of public services such as mortgage, passport and loan processing, and disruption to a recovering economy.

Others have noted a shutdown likely would delay many tax refunds and disrupt pay for military personnel.

"I'm not yet prepared to express wild optimism, but I think we are further along today than we were yesterday," Obama said of the negotiations that would continue overnight.

"I expect an answer [from Reid and Boehner] in the morning," he said. "My hope is that I'll be able to announce to the American people sometime early in the day that a shutdown has been averted."

But yet again, he declined to specify specific points of disagreement in the negotiations -- believed to center not only around a dollar amount to be cut, but also which parts of the federal budget to cut and whether Republican "riders" on subjects such as abortion funding and environmental regulation will be part of an agreement.

Meanwhile, there are signs the negotiating atmosphere may be getting stickier as the negotiations come down to the wire.

Defiant House Republicans Thursday passed a temporary budget measure that would ensure U.S. troops are paid through September and keep the government running for another week, hours after President Obama threatened to veto it.

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ABC News Exclusive: Speaker Boehner on Budget Negotiations

Bill Clark/Roll Call via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Speaker of the House John Boehner said he is in lockstep with the Tea Party on budget negotiations despite claims from Democrats that there could be a deal if only he could buck the Tea Party.

“Listen, there’s no daylight between the Tea Party and me,” Boehner told ABC News in an exclusive interview. “None. What they want is they want us to cut spending. They want us to deal with this crushing debt that’s going to crush the future for our kids and grandkids. There’s no daylight there,” he said.

Democrats have accused Boehner of being pulled further back by the Tea Party and “moving the goal post” during negotiations by increasing his demand from $33 billion in cuts to $40 billion.

ABC News asked Boehner if he was willing to go as far as prominent Tea Party member Rep. Mike Pence, who said “shut it down” if Democrats don’t agree to additional cuts.

The Speaker said he has Pence’s full support.

“Well, Mike Pence stood up at our conference today and said, 'Mr. Speaker, I’m with you.'"

But in a statement released after ABC News' interview with the Speaker, Congressman Pence made it clear that his support is qualified -- just for the one-week CR, not a broader compromise:

“While I am frustrated that liberals in the Senate continue to resist our efforts to include even modest cuts in this year's budget, I will support a one-week Continuing Resolution because the troops come first. H.R. 1363 will fully fund the Department of Defense for the rest of this fiscal year and will reduce spending by $12 billion,” Pence wrote in the statement.

“We cannot put fiscal battles ahead of support for those who are fighting America’s real battles."

“We will not change the fiscal destiny of this nation without a fight. I am willing to keep fighting for one more week to ensure our men and women in uniform have the resources they need to get the job done and come home safe."

“I urge my colleagues in the Senate to enact the significant budget cuts in this resolution, fund our troops and join with us in changing the fiscal direction of the national government,” Pence concluded.

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