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McDonald Hopkins Government Strategies Advisory: Government Re-Opened, Default Averted

After the details on a plan to reopen the federal government and avert a default on our obligations were hashed out by Senators Harry Reid (D-NV) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY), conservative senators like Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) stated they would not object to procedural maneuvers to expedite consideration. In a matter of hours the Senate drafted, considered, and passed the bill. The final tally was 81-18 to pass the agreement. House Republican leadership also chose to allow expedited consideration in order to pass the agreement. It passed 285-144. 

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McDonald Hopkins Government Strategies Advisory: Primer on the Government Shutdown and the Debt Ceiling Debate

For the past few weeks much of the television and print news has been focused on the standoff in Washington, D.C. over two separate issues: funding the government and raising the nation’s debt ceiling. Given the significance of these two issues and the widespread confusion surrounding them, we put together the following primer to help make sense of the current situation.

In a shutdown, Congress withholds from some federal agencies some of the monies they need to fund their operations. A default, on the other hand, prevents the Treasury from issuing notes to pay for the debt incurred as a result of government services already authorized by Congress. In 2011, we faced a shutdown in April and later a default in August. In both cases, the calamity was averted at the last second when parties came together. This year, however, we are already a week into a government shutdown and the potential for a debt default now looms as early as next week.

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Impact of Government Shutdown on NLRB, Part II: Some Proceedings Delayed Indefinitely, Extensions to Serve and File Documents Granted, New Charges Must Be Filed Within Six Months

by:  Steven M. Swirsky, Adam C. Abrahms, and D. Martin Stanberry

On Monday October 1, 2013, the Board published a Notice in the Federal Register  to the NLRB’s website that supplements the effects of the Contingency Plan that we examined at outset of the government shutdown and NLRB furlough. Significantly, the Notice answers some of the important practical questions confronting employers, unions and employees with business before the Board.

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