Legislators are meeting after 16 days of government shutdown. But the deal to end the shutdown, just postponed debate over some big budget issues. If lawmakers do not reach a larger budget compromise, the government could run out of money again early next year.
Now, a bipartisan committee is tasked with negotiating a new deal and one of the negotiators is Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont. He is one of two independents on the panel. There are also 14 Democrats and 14 Republicans.
Rep. Bill Owens, D-New York, is optimistic lawmakers have learned some lessons and the shutdown won't repeat itself.
"I'm hopeful this will have taught everyone a lesson and that we need to step away from the ideological name-calling activity and focus on the facts and come to solutions for the complex issues we face. These are not simple issues; they are very complicated and people need to start with the facts rather than ideology," Owens said.
Standard & Poor's estimates the U.S. economy took a $24 billion hit because of the shutdown.
Wednesday, April 16 2014 12:34 PM EDT2014-04-16 16:34:35 GMT
It looks like our region escaped any major flooding resulting from Tuesday's heavy rains. There were localized areas of high water and damage, like a road washout on Mud Hollow Road in Kirby. Water remainsMore >>
It looks like our region escaped any major flooding resulting from Tuesday's heavy rains.More >>
Wednesday, April 16 2014 10:58 AM EDT2014-04-16 14:58:11 GMT
Teamwork between a Montgomery farmer and a corporal with the Franklin Country sheriff's department may have saved a life when they pulled off a daring rescue. A woman became trapped in her truck tryingMore >>
A Montgomery farmer and a sheriff's deputy joined forces for a daring rescue to help a woman who got trapped in her truck by rising floodwaters.More >>
Wednesday, April 16 2014 12:02 PM EDT2014-04-16 16:02:05 GMT
The floods forced Gov. Andrew Cuomo to declare a state of emergency in New York. The governor made the declaration Tuesday night. It covers six counties in northeastern of New York, including two inMore >>
The floods forced Gov. Andrew Cuomo to declare a state of emergency in New York.More >>
Wednesday, April 16 2014 11:08 AM EDT2014-04-16 15:08:35 GMT
If you thought the weather Tuesday really stunk, you weren't alone. Apparently all the rain and the rushing rivers were too much for even a beaver. WCAX Producer Diane Landry caught video Tuesday in MiltonMore >>
Apparently all the rain and the rushing rivers in our region Tuesday were too much for even a beaver.More >>
Wednesday, April 16 2014 12:09 PM EDT2014-04-16 16:09:50 GMT
If you think this spring has been filled with strange weather-- cold, then hot, then flooding, then snow-- well, we have a reminder that fluctuating weather is not all that unusual in Vermont. SheldonMore >>
If you think this spring has been filled with strange weather-- cold, then hot, then flooding, then snow-- well, we have a reminder that fluctuating weather is not all that unusual in Vermont.More >>