The Department of Justice’s Bureau of Prisons has committed $53.7 million in funding for the activation of Thomson Correctional Center, according to an announcement by U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL,17).
With the threat of a government shutdown getting closer by the hour, more than 60 federal civilian employees protested at Chicago’s Federal Plaza Monday, calling on Congress to “stop the lockout.” Progress Illinois attended the rally.
With just hours until a government shutdown kicks in, the GOP-led House approved a stopgap spending bill over the weekend that would temporarily fund the government on the condition that the Affordable Care Act is delayed for a year and a 2.3 percent tax on medical devices is repealed.
The U.S. House's vote to fund the federal government on the condition that the Affordable Care Act be defunded is leading many lawmakers to believe that the likelihood of a government shutdown is becoming increasingly more probable.
U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL, 5) says he believes there will be at least a short-term closure of the federal government due to the latest spending battle in Congress.
"Normally I am an optimistic person," Quigley said at an unrelated Chicago press conference Monday. "I mean I'm a Cub(s) fan. Anybody can have a bad century. But this Congress is having a bad couple years. I think one of the problems that we're facing here is that Speaker Boehner doesn't have control of his caucus."
"It is a multi-headed monster, and I think that the tip of the dog's tail, not just the tail wagging the dog, it's the tip of the dog's tail wagging the body politic," the congressman continued.
the threat of a government shut down just days away, U.S. Reps. Rob
Andrews (D, NJ-1) and Chris Van Hollen (D, MD-8) blasted House
Republicans on Friday for voting for a short-term spending bill that
also defunds ObamaCare.
“There’s not a soul who thinks that the
bill that passed today has any chance of becoming law,” Andrews said on a
conference call with reporters. “Not Ted Cruz. Not John Boehner. Not
Eric Cantor. No one. Every understands this was just an exercise in