Week 2 of government shutdown brings new problems in all 3 branches
WASHINGTON - Monday begins week two of the government shutdown, with the stakes even higher as the debt ceiling debates continues to boil.
There's been some progress to save jobs. Saturday Congress voted unanimously to approve backpay for all furloughed workers.
Technicians with the Wisconsin National Guard and the 128th Refueling Wing in Milwaukee will report to work Monday, and that includes a broad number of employees working on everything from wings to websites. That's thanks to new guidance from the Department of Defense. Last week, 900 civilian workers were sent home because of the government shutdown.
The pressure continues to mount on Capitol Hill. The debate now is what it will take for a simple yes or no vote on a clean spending bill. House Speaker John Boehner is the only one who could call a vote like that.
The judiciary also enters the fray Monday when the Supreme Court returns to the bench. Some of the big cases this year include questions about whether governments are allowed to start meetings with a prayer and if states have the right to restrict abortions.