Government Shutdown

Rounds for Senate

A United States Senator from South Dakota says lawmakers have less than two weeks to figure out how to fund the federal government. September 30th is the deadline to appropriate money to government programs.

Senator Mike Rounds says he doesn’t support simply extending appropriations already in place without other changes attached. SDPB’s Kealey Bultena asks him about that position.

Government Shutdown Ends

Oct 17, 2013

Federal workers returned to their jobs this morning and parks and monuments reopened after President Obama signed into law a bipartisan deal approved by Congress to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling. Lawmakers voted just hours before the October 17 deadline set by the Treasury Department for raising the borrowing limit. The House voted 285-144 in favor of the bill. That followed an 81-18 Senate vote on the same measure.


US Representative Kristi Noem says she is continuing to make progress in re-opening the government. She has plans to visit the white house on Thursday to speak with the President.

The Government shutdown is now in its second week, and in the views of the American public, little progress seems to have been made at this point. Noem says it’s very important for President Obama to communicate at this critical time.

While most federal jobs are currently at a halt because of the government shutdown, a few are left open in South Dakota. There's one federal organization in Sioux Falls continuing business as usual.

The Federal District Court in Sioux Falls is operating as if nothing has happened. So far, the government shutdown hasn’t made any immediate impact on their employees. Federal District Court Clerk Joseph Haas says Federal Courts are different because of certain powers they hold.

Hundreds of South Dakota Federal Employees are currently out of work due to the recent Government shutdown. With no paycheck, financial problems often arise. There is a list that's been created to help citizens in South Dakota prioritize their money during this crucial time.

Government Shutdown

Oct 1, 2013

Emily Wanless is an assistant professor of government and international affairs/political science at Augustana College in Sioux Falls. Congress has missed the deadline for averting the first partial government shutdown in 17 years. As the clock struck midnight Monday, House Republicans were demanding that the Senate negotiate their demand for a one-year delay in making millions of people buy health insurance under President Barack Obama's 2010 health care law. Minutes before midnight, the White House ordered a shutdown.