WASHINGTON - Facing a cash crunch brought on by the partial US government shutdown, US-based Tethers Unlimited Inc. has laid off nearly 20 per cent of its workforce, the media reported. The space venture had a lineup of contracts from NASA and the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for work on innovative spacecraft thruster systems and space-based fabrication systems. But Tethers Unlimited has not been paid for the work done over the past three months,
WASHINGTON - US House Democrats on Saturday said they would explore allegations that President Donald Trump has sought to limit documentation of his meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin, media reported. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (Democrat, New York), responding to a report about Trump's meetings with the Russian president, said his committee would hold hearings on the claims, in what could be one of the first actions by Democrats...
NEW YORK - Singalling his support for legal immigration, US President Donald Trump said on Friday he will change the H1-B visa system for professionals to ensure "certainty" and a path to citizenship for those on the visa. Trump said in an early morning tweet: "H1-B holders in the US can rest assured that changes are soon coming which will bring both simplicity and certainty to your stay, including a potential path to citizenship. We want to encourage talented and highly skilled people to pursue career options in the US."
SAN FRANCISCO - The Joshua Tree National Park in California, one of the most popular in the US, will be temporarily closed from Thursday due to damage caused by visitors during the ongoing partial federal government shutdown, officials said. In a statement, the Park said on Wednesday that, from 8 a.m. Thursday, the national park would temporarily close to the public for "cleanup and repair" operations, reports Efe news. "Joshua Tree National Park will temporarily close effective 8 a.m. on Thursday,
WASHINGTON - Even as Apple Inc.'s shares fell after it lowered its revenue estimate for the first quarter of fiscal 2019, President Donald Trump has said he is not bothered about the tech giant's concerns, the media reported. Claiming that Apple mostly makes its products in China, Trump told reporters at a White House news conference that he does not fear the impact of Apple's stock on the US economy, CNBC reported on Friday. In a letter to investors on Wednesday,
WASHINGTON - The Democrat-controlled US House of Representatives has passed a legislative package aimed at ending the partial government shutdown without paying for President Donald Trump's border wall, drawing a veto threat from the White House. The first bill passed by the House on Thursday in a 239-192 vote was a continuing resolution funding the Department of Homeland Security through February 8 that would not allocate any new wall spending. Five Republicans joined Democrats in approving the legislation.
WASHINGTON - Representative Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, was elected the new speaker of the US House of Representatives. Pelosi, 78, is the only woman who has held the office before and is among a few elected officials to return to the post. She was the House speaker from 2007 to 2011 when her Democratic Party controlled the lower chamber, Xinhua reported on Friday. For her second speakership, Pelosi defeated Republican nominee Kevin McCarthy in a roll-call vote Thursday,
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump called on Democratic lawmakers to return from their holiday break to approve more budget funds for border security and thus reopen the portions of the government that have been shut down for the past 10 days. "I'm in the Oval Office. Democrats, come back from vacation now and give us the votes necessary for Border Security, including the Wall. You voted yes in 2006 and 2013. One more yes, but with me in office, I'll get it built, and Fast!"
WASHINGTON - The partial US government shutdown entered its fourth day on Tuesday after leading to heavy losses in the securities markets and without any agreement in sight yet regarding the funds US President Donald Trump is demanding to build portions of his much-touted wall along the border with Mexico. The Senate, which in this situation is taking the initiative in the budget talks, will meet on Thursday at 4 p.m. to try and resolve the budget impasse,
WASHINGTON - A partial shutdown of the US federal administration began on Saturday after lawmakers failed to reach a budget agreement over President Donald Trumps border wall funding demands. Negotiations between the House of Representatives and Senate reached a deadlock over Trump's demand to include a $5 billion allocation in the budget for his long-promised wall along the Mexican border. Lawmakers adjourned last-minute talks on Friday evening.