National: Congressional Budget Office reports $11 million lost because of shutdown
In its report released on January 28, the CBO estimated that the five-week partial government shutdown delayed $18 billion in federal discretionary spending and the suspension of some federal services. The shutdown also lowered the projected level of real Gross Domestic Product in the first quarter of 2019 by $8 billion, and the fourth quarter of the 2018 by $3 billion, resulting in a cost of $11 billion.
The report also stated that individual businesses and workers were more significantly affected by the shutdown, and federal workers and private-sector entities were among those most affected.
National: Trump may declare national emergency to secure wall funding
After the nation’s longest government shutdown, President Trump signed a bill on January 25 to temporarily reopen the federal government until February 15. Talks in Congress continue and as of press-time, no statement has been released regarding Trump’s demands for $5.4 billion to fund a wall along the U.S./Mexico international border. On Sunday, February 3, the Pentagon announced that it would be sending 3,750 additional troops to the border, increasing troop presence to over 4,350. Trump gave a State of the Union address on February 5, which will be covered in next week’s issue.
State: Golden eagle death latest in string of fatal shooting of eagles
Four eagles have been killed in the last five weeks, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The most recently killing occurred near Pierre, when a two-year old golden eagle was found, shot dead on private land. Eagles are protected under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. USFW are offering up to $2,500 for information about the eagle shootings.