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House OKs Stopgap Funding for Government, Flood Insurance Until Nov. 21; Senate Action Awaited

The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives last week passed a continuing resolution to extend federal government funding through Nov. 21 and avoid a government shutdown at the end of the month. The bipartisan vote of 301-123 saw three Democrats vote no …

Crash Probes Paused During Government Shutdown, Risking Critical Evidence

The 35-day partial government shutdown stopped the National Transportation Safety Board from dispatching investigators to 22 accidents that killed 30 people, jeopardizing some perishable evidence, the agency said Monday. The NTSB will start investigations, but with some crashes now weeks …

Auto Recalls on Hold During Government Shutdown

Lives and property are at greater risk because auto recalls and investigations of safety defects have been put on hold during the partial government shutdown, safety advocates said. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has furloughed employees who investigate safety …

Connecticut Aviation Safety Workers Fret Amid Shutdown

Federal safety workers who inspect aircraft said Tuesday the partial government shutdown is still creating unnecessary risk despite a decision by the Federal Aviation Administration to recall some furloughed engineers and inspectors. The New England chapter of the Professional Aviation …

Government Health and Safety Efforts Slowed or Halted

The government shutdown has slowed or halted federal efforts to protect Americans’ health and safety, from probes into the cause of transportation and workplace accidents to tracking foodborne illness. The latest example: an outbreak of salmonella in chicken that has …

Furloughed Inspectors Leave Gaps in Oversight of Mines to Nukes

The partial shutdown of the U.S. government has sidelined thousands of inspectors who monitor everything from air and water pollution to safety hazards at factories and the condition of nursing homes. Federal law requires agencies to retain workers whose jobs …