government shutdown

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WASHINGTON — Democrats controlling the House are steering clear of controversy in a short-term, government-wide spending measure that's needed to prevent a government shutdown at the end of September.

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The effort to control non-native species in Hawaii was dealt a significant setback by the 35-day partial shutdown of the federal government. Inspectors at ports of entry remained on duty, but research and mitigation efforts into previously established invasive species saw major reductions in available resources.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Tara Molle / U.S. Coast Guard

After 35 days, the longest government shutdown in American history concluded today with a bipartisan funding agreement. The U.S. Coast Guard took the extraordinary step of reallocating operational funds to pay its uniformed servicemembers on January 1st, but those servicemembers were working without pay ever since.

Wayne Yoshioka

Ed Case was sworn in to the 119th Congress this month, but it isn't the Congressman's first time on Capitol Hill. Representative Case previously represented Hawaii's 2nd District for 5 years. The Conversation sat down with Case as the government shutdown approaches its 6th week and 800,000 federal workers are still going without pay.


The 27-day old  partial shutdown of the federal government may soon hit the wallets of Americans who are not federal workers. The Federal Aviation Adiministration is one of the agencies operating without funding. That means the thousands of FAA air traffic controllers who manage U.S. airspace are working without pay. If they start to retire, quit, or take leave in large numbers consumers will likely see higher prices and flight delays.

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In December of 2018, a dispuite between President Trump and congressional Democrats over funding for a wall on the southern border led to the longest federal government shutdown in American history. 800,000 federal workers across the country were furloughed or forced to work without pay. This series explores how the shutdown impacted institutions, programs, and people in Hawaii. 

Petty Officer 2nd Class Tara Molle / U.S. INDOPACOM

On Tuesday, Members of the U.S. Coast Guard will miss their first paycheck since the partial federal shutdown began in December. Uniformed service members and essential civilains are still on duty performing missions vital to public safety and national security. But this isn't the first time the Coast Guard has been through this challenge.

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800,000 federal workers around the country are about to miss a paycheck as the partial government shutdown prepares to enter its fourth week. Many are in positions vital to public safety and national security, and have been forced to work without pay. With no end in sight, local workers are nearing the end of their financial resources.

Keeping Pearl Harbor Open; School Uniforms; State Archives; Sofar Sounds

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The Interior Department is one of 9 cabinet departments affected by the partial government shutdown. As a result, national parks around the country are clsoed or operating with reduced services. But that is not the case at the Pearl Harbor memorial, where a coalition of donors are providing funds and manpower to keep the park open.

Budget Unpredictability Harms U.S. Military Readiness

Feb 5, 2018
U.S Department of Defense

Five months into the current fiscal year Congress has yet to pass an annual budget, opting instead for short-term spending bills called Continuing Resolutions to fund the government. That method of accounting hits every part of the U.S. government and the Secretary of the Air Force says she cannot run her branch of the military that way.

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Continuing Resolutions and Military Readiness; H-Power Waste Ash; Paratransit Emergency Planning; Local Disney Writer

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Last October was a tough time for visitors and locals who enjoy Hawaii’s national parks. They were closed during the 16-day government shutdown. A new report by the National Park Service estimates a nationwide loss of $414 million and 8 million fewer visitors. HPR’s Molly Solomon takes a look at how those numbers were felt locally.

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Flickr / justshootingmemories

The impacts of the government shutdown are still being felt around the islands. One area that was hurt was research using the radio telescopes atop Mauna Kea. Elsewhere in the world of science, an important conference was disrupted—involving scientists from China. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.


One more change because of the federal government shutdown: some adjusted travel plans by President Obama. The White House says the president still plans on leaving for Asia in several days, but the trip is now shorter than originally planned.

Federal Civilian Worker Furloughs Hit Pearl Harbor

Oct 1, 2013
Wayne Yoshioka
Wayne Yoshioka

The Federal Shutdown hit home this morning, as thousands of federal workers in Hawai’i were put on furlough status, unsure if and when they would be called back to work. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka visited the state’s largest federal employer, Pearl Harbor.