Congress

Federal Government
5:26 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

JBSA Civilian Personnel Could Be Indefinitely Furloughed

Without a federal budget or continuing resolution, most civilian employees at Joint Base San Antonio would be furloughed until further notice.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Joint Base San Antonio continues to watch the action in Washington, D.C., preparing for the possibility that civilian workers will be staying home from work the rest of the week.

With no fiscal 2014 budget and no continuing resolution, it was touch-and-go whether thousands of active-duty military personnel would be paid. But the Senate passed a bill late Monday providing for pay for military members.

However, Joint Base San Antonio spokesman Brent Boller said support personnel -- 23,000 JBSA civilian employees -- may be looking at skipping their paychecks for a long time.

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Affordable Care Act
2:39 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Disability Rights Group Presses Speaker Boehner On ACA Provisions

All eyes are on the capitol in Washington D.C. to see if Congress can prevent a federal shutdown.
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A group of 50 Texans in wheelchairs are among the crowd outside the Washington D.C. office of U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, protesting his stance on the Affordable Care Act.

ADAPT of Texas’ Jennifer McPhail said their group is asking Boehner to support the reforms for long-term care for the disabled that are contained in the ACA.

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Joint Base San Antonio
11:01 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Joint Base San Antonio Prepares For Government Shutdown

The San Antonio Military Medical Center at Joint Base San Antonio.
Joint Base San Antonio

With Congress waffling on whether it will adopt a budget or issue a continuing resolution by next Tuesday, the Pentagon is preparing for the worst.

Joint Base San Antonio spokesman Brent Boller said Joint Base San Antonio officials are following Department of Defense orders that were issued by the office of management and budget to plan for an orderly shutdown.

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The Source - September 24, 2013
1:51 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

The Source: Government Shutdown | What The Child Brain Tells Us

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In the first segment:

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a stopgap budget that removed "Obamacare"  funding last week. Now, lacking the votes in the Senate and under threat of presidential veto, the government moves slowly towards, by most accounts, a shutdown.

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Fronteras Desk
11:42 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Immigrant Families With Mixed Legal Status In Limbo

Cynthia Alba, 19, is working legally in the United States for the first time after receiving deferred action last year. She said the possibility that immigration reform will stall once again, and her deferred action work permit will expire, terrifies her.
Heath Haussamen

Fronteras: Excessive alcohol consumption cost United States taxpayers more than $220 billion in 2006. Several hundred people living on the banks of the Tijuana river canal were evicted. What are they planning to do now? Immigrant families in the U.S. with mixed status wonder about the fate of immigration reform now that Congress is in recess. One of Mexico’s most isolated indigenous groups is fighting logging in old-growth forests. Also, hear how a civil rights giant is now a comic book hero.

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Gun Control
4:27 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Poll Shows Bipartisan Support For Expanded Background Checks

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A new poll out today shows bipartisan support for expanded background checks on gun purchases.

The study put out by Public Policy Polling shows both Democrats and Republicans support a bill that would allow for an expanded background checks on firearms.

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Military
9:21 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Congress Passes Military Budget Bill, Amendment Addresses Sexual Assault

Congressman Joaquín Castro has taken an active role in the House Armed Services Committee.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

An amendment to the budget bill requires a report on the fixes recommended by Air Force commanders who investigated sexual assault in their branch of the military last year.

As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, San Antonio Congressman Joaquín Castro asked for a General Accountability Office (GAO) report on the 45 initiatives recommended by last year’s command-directed investigation.

Castro told the House before the vote that it is critical to ensure those measures would have a real effect on the problem.

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Federal Government
4:20 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Cuellar Says Fixing Roads A Priority In Washington

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Today Congressman Henry Cuellar appeared at a Greater San Antonio Chamber luncheon to brief regional business leaders on his priorities for the district.

One of those priorities is repair of the roads and bridges in rural counties where hydraulic fracking has become a way of life.

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Fronteras Desk
2:09 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Unique New Congresswoman From Arizona Prepares For National Stage

Representative-elect Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.)
Fronteras

Kyrsten Sinema, who was homeless for a time growing up, is headed to Congress, and another Arizona lawmaker, Ann Kirkpatrick, is returning to Washington in January after sitting out a term. Some people returning to Mexico are still facing economic struggles in their home country. Also, we report Mexico has its own population of people living in the shadows.

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The Source
11:41 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Rep. Charlie Gonzalez On The Fiscal Cliff

Outgoing San Antonio Congressman Charlie Gonzalez in his 2012 congressional portrait.
U.S. Congress

Congressman Charlie Gonzalez is ending a 14-year career in the U.S. House, and he's going out as things are heating up -- the august body is still dealing with the political crisis known as the fiscal cliff. Gonzalez explains why he’s leaving Congress and what his successor, Joaquín Castro, needs to know to deal with the pressures of Washington D.C.

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