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The Latest: Montana senator votes no on bill to end shutdown

The Latest: Montana senator votes no on bill to end shutdown

The Latest on the budget battle (all times local):4:55 p.m.Democratic Sen. Jon Tester of Montana has voted against a bipartisan agreement to re-open the federal government after a three-day shutdown. He was the only 'no' vote Monday among 10 incumbent Democrats facing re-election this year in states won by President Donald Trump in 2016.Tester says the budget deal did not include funding for community health centers important to his rural state, nor did it add resources for border security.Tester says that while pundits have focused on immigration, 'this was always about Montana for me and I just won't allow Washington to keep failing our state.'The National Republican Senatorial Committee is blasting Tester for 'engaging in political games with vital government funding' and says the two-term senator voted alongside the Senate's most liberal Democrats.__4:25 p.m.The Senate has approved legislation to make sure federal workers get paid for the three-day government shutdown.The unanimous voice vote sends the measure to the House, where approval is expected.Under the law, workers aren't paid when there's a lapse in funding for the government — even if they're deemed essential and have to show up to work.Monday's measure would fix that and make sure every federal worker would be paid during the shutdown that began Saturday.The measure would also add retroactive pay language to a stopgap spending bill to reopen the government that passed the Senate Monday. President Donald Trump is expected to sign the legislation as soon as he receives it.__4:20 p.m.President Donald Trump is meeting with a pair of moderate Democratic senators at the White House Monday afternoon to discuss immigration.Press secretary Sarah Sanders says West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin and Alabama Sen. Doug Jones are meeting with the president to discuss the legislative path forward after the three-day government shutdown is ended.The red-state lawmakers both broke with the majority of their party Friday on a vote to keep the government open. But enough Democrats withheld their support from the measure in an effort to force progress on legislation to address immigration policy.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is pledging to bring up immigration legislation next month if agreement isn't reached by Feb. 8.__3:25 p.m.The No. 2 Senate Republican says President Donald Trump is eager to involve himself in the immigration debate and 'reach a solution.'Texas Sen. John Cornyn says he and five other GOP senators met Monday with Trump at the White House soon after Democrats halted their blockade against a bill ending the government shutdown.Cornyn says they discussed how to address immigration issues 'in creative ways.'Sens. Charles Grassley of Iowa, Tom Cotton of Arkansas, David Perdue of Georgia, Thom Tillis of North Carolina and James Lankford of Oklahoma also met with Trump. Several of them are among the harder-line Republicans on immigration.Democrats let the bill ending the shutdown advance after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he intended to reach a bipartisan deal on immigration and budget issues.___2:30 p.m.President Donald Trump says he is pleased that congressional Democrats 'have come to their senses' and abandoned their filibuster that shut down the federal government. Trump says his administration will make a long-term immigration deal 'if and only if it's good for our country.'Trump issued a statement Monday afternoon after roughly 25 senators from both parties helped negotiate an end to the federal government shutdown. It was read by spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders at a press briefing.Trump said he was glad the government will be funded. He continued: 'Once the government is funded, my administration will work toward solving the problem of very unfair illegal immigration.'He added: 'We will make a long term deal on immigration if and only if it's good for our country.'__1:55 p.m.Sen. Susan Collins of Maine says Monday is 'a day to celebrate' after roughly 25 senators from both parties helped negotiate an end to the government shutdown.The Republican says the group shared a common determination to keep the government running while doing something about 'Dreamers' who were brought to the country as children and are now here illegally. Collins says a group of 17 senators grew to a quarter of the Senate over the weekend.Several Democrats who were part of that group dropped their objections Monday after Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made a final offer to try to reach bipartisan solutions on immigration and other issues by early February.___1:30 p.m.Vice President Mike Pence is praising a Senate agreement to reopen the federal government.Pence says before a dinner in Jerusalem with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (neh-ten-YAH'-hoo) that the shutdown is ending 'thanks to the firm stand taken by President Trump' and congressional Republicans.Pence says Americans know a 'minority' in the Senate chose to shut down the government. He said, 'But the Schumer shutdown failed.' He was referring to Senate Demoratic Leader Chuck Schumer.Pence was joined by Netanyahu for statements at the prime minister's residence before dinner with their spouses.__12:55 p.m.It looks like the government shutdown will end soon.The Senate has advanced a bill reopening federal agencies through Feb. 8 after Democrats relented and lifted their blockade against the legislation.The shutdown began Saturday after Democrats derailed a Republican measure that would have kept government open until Feb. 16. Democrats wanted to pressure the GOP to cut a deal protecting young immigrants from deportation and boosting federal spending.Moderates from both parties pressured leaders to end the shutdown and compromise.Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Democrats agreed to back the bill reopening government after he and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell agreed to begin debating an immigration bill by Feb. 8.The Senate vote was 81-18 — well above the 60 votes needed. The Senate still must vote on final passage to send the bill to the House.__12:35 p.m.Senate leaders have reached an agreement to reopen the government.Democrats have yielded and ended their delaying tactics against a bill financing federal agencies through Feb. 8.Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says in exchange, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has agreed to begin debating immigration by that date.McConnell says the end to the standoff shows 'the American people didn't understand' why Democrats shut down the government because they wanted to help 'illegal immigrants.'The Senate has started a vote to advance the bill reopening government. It is expected to pass easily, and House approval is expected later.__12:10 p.m.Democrats are aligning behind a plan to reopen the federal government as the Senate heads toward a key vote.Several Democratic senators predict a proposal to fund the government until Feb. 8 will move forward, overcoming a Democratic filibuster. That would clear the way for an end to the three-day shutdown.Democrats appear to have jumped on board after two days of negotiations that ended with new reassurances from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that the Senate will consider immigration proposals in the coming weeks.Sen. Amy Klobuchar said Monday morning she believed Democrats and Republicans now have 'a path forward.'Florida Democrat Bill Nelson is predicting a resounding yes from Democrats on the plan.__10:35 a.m.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he hopes and intends to resolve immigration and a host of other issues by early February in an effort to come to bipartisan agreement to reopen the federal government.Senate Democrats blocked a House-passed temporary funding bill to reopen the government through Feb. 16. A pending Senate measure would last through Feb. 8.Opening the Senate Monday, McConnell said that if they could not find bipartisan solutions on immigration, military spending, disaster aid and other issues by the Feb. 8 deadline then he would hold a vote on those matters. Top Democrat Chuck Schumer did not appear on the floor to respond.Several members of both parties met Monday morning to try and resolve the shutdown mess.__10:25 a.m.White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney is defending President Donald Trump's lack of outreach to Democratic lawmakers during the government shutdown.Mulvaney discussed the shutdown on MSNBC Monday morning.Trump did not speak with any Democratic senators over the weekend. Asked why, Mulvaney said Trump spoke with Democrats before the shutdown and will speak to them when it is over.But he says: 'we are not going to negotiate immigration in the middle of the shutdown.'__9:05 a.m.House Speaker Paul Ryan says if the Senate approves a temporary spending bill to reopen the government through Feb. 8, the House will approve it, too.Senate Democrats had blocked a stopgap measure passed by the House to keep the federal bureaucracy operating through Feb. 16. But speaking on 'Fox and Friends,' Ryan says the new date works for the House.The Wisconsin Republican also says negotiations on an immigration deal are taking place in good faith. Democrats want to protect young immigrants in the country illegally and are skeptical of Republican pledges to bring up free-standing immigration legislation next month.Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut says on MSNBC he has 'zero confidence' that Ryan will bring legislation to shield the roughly 700,000 immigrants known as 'Dreamers.'___8:35 a.m.President Donald Trump is accusing Democrats of prioritizing services and security for noncitizens over U.S. citizens.He says in a tweet Monday: 'Not good!'Some government functions shut down over the weekend. Democrats are rejecting a funding bill until Republicans agree to protect 700,000 immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children.The Republican president says in a second tweet Monday that 'Democrats have shut down our government in the interests of their far left base. They don't want to do it but are powerless!'Trump's earlier tweet appeared to undercut comments by his legislative affairs director, Marc Short, who told CNN that the immigrants in question are law-abiding and 'productive to our society.'Short says the administration wants to 'find a pathway for them' to stay in the U.S.___7:55 a.m.CIA Director Mike Pompeo says the government shutdown won't affect the spy agency's operations.He tells 'CBS This Morning' in an interview Monday: 'We're going to continue crushing our adversaries whether the government's open or closed.'A dispute in Congress over spending and immigration forced scores of federal government agencies and outposts to close their doors early Saturday. But many government functions, particularly those involving national security, are considered essential and won't be affected.Pompeo also says he doesn't agree that the stalemate on Capitol Hill that led to the shutdown is a signal of dysfunction in Washington.He says, 'The American people are having complicated discussions about their priorities.' He says that's entirely appropriate in a democracy.___1:45 a.m.The government shutdown is set to complicate the beginning of the workweek. Over the weekend, the Senate inched closer but ultimately fell short of an agreement that would have reopened federal agencies.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said negotiations were still underway late into Sunday night, with a vote to break a Democratic filibuster on a short-term funding bill scheduled for noon Monday.Under the proposal taking shape, Democratic would agree to a three-week spending measure — until Feb. 8 — in return for a commitment from the Republican leadership in the Senate to address immigration policy and other pressing legislative matters in the coming weeks. But there is no agreement yet.

Georgia Power ordered to refund over $43M to its customers

Georgia Power ordered to refund over $43M to its customers

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Power has been ordered to refund more than $43 million to its customers. News outlets report that the Georgia Public Service Commission has ordered Georgia Power to refund $43.6 million to its customers. The commission says the refunds are the result of the company earning above its commission-approved return on equity for the calendar year 2016 under terms of the commission's order in a 2013 power rate case. The exact amount per customer and the date of the refunds will be determined in a later filing. TRENDING STORIES: Firefighter reunited with child thrown from apartment during raging fire Here is how the government shutdown is affecting Georgia New flu spike expected this week as children go back to school

Schumer's 'cave'? Shutdown deal puts spotlight on Dem leader

Schumer's 'cave'? Shutdown deal puts spotlight on Dem leader

Republicans tried to make Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer the face of the government shutdown. Now, he's becoming the face of the Democratic retreat.For two days, Schumer, perhaps the most powerful Democrat in Washington, succeeded in keeping his party unified in a bid to use the government funding fight to push for protections for some 700,000 young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children. But as the shutdown moved into its third day, the New York Democrat and his party buckled as several Democrats backed a deal to end the shutdown in exchange for a Republican pledge to address the immigration debate in the near future.Schumer quickly became a punching bag for the right and left.'It's official: Chuck Schumer is the worst negotiator in Washington — even worse than Trump,' said Murshed Zaheed, political director for the liberal group CREDO.'Schumer caved,' tweeted former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, an ally to President Donald Trump. He added, 'Lessons learned — Schumer burned.'Schumer had little margin for error in this first major test of his muscle and maneuvering as leader.The pragmatist was balancing the demands of a liberal base eager for a fight with the president and the political realities of red-state senators anxious about their re-election prospects this fall.As liberals embraced the fight, some vulnerable senators met with Schumer on Sunday morning and urged a compromise to end the shutdown.'The question is, how do we get out of here in a way that reflects what the majority of the body wants to do,' said Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, who is among the Democrats on the ballot in November. She added: 'It is critically important that we get this done today.'The Senate voted Monday to advance a bill that would extend government funding through Feb. 8. In a bid to win over a few Democratic holdouts, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also pledged to take up legislation on immigration and other top Democratic priorities if they weren't already addressed by the time that spending bill would expire.McConnell's pledge was enough to sway the handful of Democrats he needed to pass the spending bill.Democratic aides said that while Schumer, who spent the weekend calling members on his flip phone, initially appeared to be holding the party together, the desire to end the shutdown won out.Liberal leaders across the country hosted a conference call before Monday's vote to encourage Schumer and other Democrats to oppose any deal that excludes protections for the young immigrants.'To anyone considering such a move, let me be clear: Promises won't protect anyone from deportation,' said Greisa Martinez Rosas, a so-called 'Dreamer' and the advocacy director for the liberal group United We Dream. 'Delay means deportation for us.'Despite controlling the White House and both chambers of Congress, Republicans pinned the blame for the shutdown squarely on Schumer, accusing him of being captive to liberals and advocacy groups which opposed any spending package that didn't result in a solution for the young immigrants. The White House and GOP officials branded the funding gap the 'Schumer Shutdown,' spreading the phrase as a hashtag on social media.Immigration advocates hoped Schumer would see that as badge of honor, but there was anxiety about his resolve.'He went to the mats,' said Frank Sharry, the executive director of the immigration advocacy group America's Voice. 'He had the backbone to lead his caucus into a high-stakes, high risk battle. It thrilled progressives.'Should Democrats blink first, he predicted, 'The era of good feeling quickly will be replaced by anger and disappointment.'Schumer isn't the most natural fit for the role of champion of the left.The energetic, four-term senator is viewed as more of a pragmatist than an ideologue. He has long faced skepticism from some liberals, thanks, in part, to his Wall Street ties. He frustrated many Democrats with his opposition to the Iran nuclear deal championed by President Barack Obama.In 2013, Schumer was part of a bipartisan group of senators who worked on a sweeping overhaul of the nation's fractured immigration laws. The package, which would have created a pathway to citizenship for millions of people in the U.S. illegally, was narrowly approved in the Senate but never taken up by the HouseJust last month, immigration advocates, including members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, were furious with Schumer and Democratic leaders for not forcing a fight over the young immigrants. Democratic aides said despite the pressure from some of his party's most energized forces, Schumer knew his caucus would not hold together at that point. Indeed, 18 Democratic senators ultimately voted for the short-term spending bill that kicked both the budget battle and the immigration fight into the new year.The dynamic shifted in January. Democrats began the year hopeful that Trump, who has expressed sympathy for the young immigrants, would be willing to make a big deal. When those plans collapsed, Schumer found more enthusiasm even among moderate Democrat senators to withhold support for a spending bill that didn't address immigration, even if it meant forcing a shutdown.He was helped along, according to multiple Democratic aides, by revelations that Trump had told lawmakers during a private meeting that he wanted less immigration from 'shithole' countries in Africa and more from places like Norway.Schumer experienced a sea change after the remarks, according to one aide, who like other Democrats and Trump advisers, insisted on anonymity in order to describe private deliberations.Some liberals fear the sea change is over.'Today's cave by Senate Democrats — led by weak-kneed, right-of-center Democrats — is why people don't believe the Democratic Party stands for anything,' said Stephanie Taylor, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. 'These weak Democrats hurt the party's brand for everyone and make it harder to elect Democrats everywhere in 2018.'___Peoples reported from New York. AP writers Andrew Taylor, Catherine Lucey, Alan Fram and Zeke Miller contributed to this report.___Follow Julie Pace at http://twitter.com/jpaceDC

Build a Habitat home with Clark Howard! Join Clark and Atlanta Habitat for Humanity as we build affordable homes for families in need. It's a fun and rewarding way to give a hand up to hard working families in your community.Sign up here to join our 2018 winter build. Sign up for Clark’s 2018 Habitat for Humanity Build Register here to volunteer for our upcoming build. Clark’s 2018 Habitat build dates are January 18 - March 3.Volunteer slots fill up fast, so plan ahead and sign up early.    Release and Waiver of Liability:Every volunteer is required to register online and agree to Atlanta Habitat's work release form before they can begin helping on the construction site. If you are under 18 years old, you must print and bring a copy of the form signed by your guardian to the build site.Location/Directions:Clark’s build will be in the Orchard Knob neighborhood of SE Atlanta this year. Volunteers will meet at Eagle’s Nest Community Church (442 School Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30354) each morning for registration, but be aware that it shows up as Victory Baptist Church on Google Maps.Workday Schedule:Breakfast and registration begin at 7:30am; the workday starts at 7:45am SHARP and ends around 3:30pm.It's crucial that all volunteers arrive on time, as important daily instructions are given then. If you miss the morning meeting, you might not be allowed to work that day.  Lunch will be served around noon at the site. Lunch, Drinks and Snacks:A free catered lunch is always provided for our volunteers, along with hot coffee, soft drinks, water and snacks. There is typically a vegetarian option provided.Parking and Automobiles:Atlanta Habitat strongly encourages volunteers to carpool. Police officers will be on duty, but the fewer cars in the area the better. Remember to remove anything of value from your car.Construction Policies: No one under the age of 16 is allowed on site – no exceptions. Volunteers ages 16 and 17 must have a parent or guardian sign their Release and Waiver of Liability. No smoking allowed on site. Report all injuries to your houseleader immediately to be eligible for secondary health coverage. Weather Conditions:Atlanta Habitat works rain or shine! Workdays are not typically canceled in advance due to adverse weather conditions. If rain or other problems persist, the decision will be made to shorten the workday on site by the houseleader. But everyone should come prepared to work for the entire day. After Day 3 in the schedule, there is enough inside work for all volunteers in case of inclement weather. What to Wear:Volunteers should dress warmly and comfortably for a hard day's work. Clark's build days are some of the coldest of the year, so you will want to layer your clothes and wear something to keep your head warm. Loose clothing and improper shoes can be dangerous.  Work boots or no-skid, thick-sole shoes are preferred. Long pants and long sleeves are recommended as some construction materials can irritate your skin. Bring a pair of work gloves, if possible. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: Q: What do I need to bring?A: Nothing. Habitat provides all tools, though if you have a favorite you'd like to work with, see Tools & Equipment below for complete guidelines.Q: Can I bring my kids along to help?A: No, due to workforce regulations, no one under 16 is allowed on site, no exceptions. Volunteers age 16-17 must have a parent or guardian sign their Release and Waiver of Liability.Q: What if it rains?A: Atlanta Habitat works rain or shine, though some houseleaders may decide to shorten the day. After Day 3 there is plenty of indoor work to be accomplished.Q: I have building materials/furnishings/appliances/etc. that I'd like to donate. How do I do this?A: You will need to arrange this directly with Atlanta Habitat for Humanity. Please contact them at (404)223-5180.Q: My plans have changed. May I cancel my volunteer slot?A: Yes, but PLEASE cancel online at least one week in advance so we can find someone else to take your place. We work hard to provide just the right amount of volunteers each day, specifically chosen to work alongside Clark. We must assure that there are enough hands to accomplish the day's goals, yet also assure that there will be tools and provisions to go around for all.Q: How is Clark involved?A: Clark has been building Habitat homes in Atlanta since 1996. He uses the money he makes from his speaking engagements to sponsor the homes. Learn how he got involved, in Clark's own words!     AT THE CONSTRUCTION SITE: Tools and Equipment:Atlanta Habitat provides all tools needed for the build. Volunteers are welcome to bring tools, but Atlanta Habitat is not responsible for lost or damaged tools. If you do choose to bring your own, please take time to clearly mark them with your name and phone number. Always use the right tool for the job and ask for instructions before using a tool for the first time. Tools should not be loose, dull or poorly adjusted. Please notify the houseleader if unsafe or damaged tools are in use. Check for defective cords, plugs and switches; do not use anything that is unsafe. Never remove or disable tool guards. Ask houseleader for help if a tool jams. Support materials properly before cutting or drilling. Use both hands (if required) to operate a tool safely, if not keep other hand clear. Never place tools where they can fall on someone or cause an accident, e.g. top rung of a ladder, rooftop, railings. Ladders:Many tasks performed on site require a ladder. Inspect all ladders before use. Set ladder on solid ground. To level, dig a hole on the high side rather than building up the lower side. Use the correct size ladder; never overextend yourself. Do not stretch to the side, instead move the ladder (even if that means re-setting it.) Never stand on top rungs of a ladder. Keep ladder clear of any power lines. Always face ladder and keep hands free while climbing. Safety and Insurance:Construction is considered to be a dangerous undertaking. Volunteers are asked to be as alert as possible to the safety risks. Volunteers under the age of 16 are not permitted to participate or to be present on site for insurance reasons. Habitat carries co-insurance on volunteers, which is activated when the volunteer signs up on site. The insurance will supplement the volunteer's own insurance in case of accidents, and provides basic coverage for volunteers who do not have insurance. First aid kits and insurance claim forms are available from Habitat staff. ALL volunteers must sign in every day that they work; otherwise, they will not be covered under Habitat's insurance.A Clean Work Site:A clean site is a safer work place. As things can quickly pile up, it is best to clean up and put tools away continuously throughout the day.  Do not leave tools or materials where others can trip over them. Organize debris. Please ask the houseleader for direction on what trash may be recycled. Always backdrive or bend nails in boards.    Clark's Atlanta Habitat for Humanity Sponsors  Each year several local and national companies donate their products and services as a way to help our homeowners settle into their new homes more easily. These companies dedicate their time, money and hard work to our home building projects, and, once again, we sincerely thank each one of our generous sponsors:     
Build a Habitat home with Clark Howard! Join Clark and Atlanta Habitat for Humanity as we build affordable homes for families in need. It's a fun and rewarding way to give a hand up to hard working families in your community.Sign up here to join our 2018 winter build. Sign up for Clark’s 2018 Habitat for Humanity Build Register here to volunteer for our upcoming build. Clark’s 2018 Habitat build dates are January 18 - March 3.Volunteer slots fill up fast, so plan ahead and sign up early.    Release and Waiver of Liability:Every volunteer is required to register online and agree to Atlanta Habitat's work release form before they can begin helping on the construction site. If you are under 18 years old, you must print and bring a copy of the form signed by your guardian to the build site.Location/Directions:Clark’s build will be in the Orchard Knob neighborhood of SE Atlanta this year. Volunteers will meet at Eagle’s Nest Community Church (442 School Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30354) each morning for registration, but be aware that it shows up as Victory Baptist Church on Google Maps.Workday Schedule:Breakfast and registration begin at 7:30am; the workday starts at 7:45am SHARP and ends around 3:30pm.It's crucial that all volunteers arrive on time, as important daily instructions are given then. If you miss the morning meeting, you might not be allowed to work that day.  Lunch will be served around noon at the site. Lunch, Drinks and Snacks:A free catered lunch is always provided for our volunteers, along with hot coffee, soft drinks, water and snacks. There is typically a vegetarian option provided.Parking and Automobiles:Atlanta Habitat strongly encourages volunteers to carpool. Police officers will be on duty, but the fewer cars in the area the better. Remember to remove anything of value from your car.Construction Policies: No one under the age of 16 is allowed on site – no exceptions. Volunteers ages 16 and 17 must have a parent or guardian sign their Release and Waiver of Liability. No smoking allowed on site. Report all injuries to your houseleader immediately to be eligible for secondary health coverage. Weather Conditions:Atlanta Habitat works rain or shine! Workdays are not typically canceled in advance due to adverse weather conditions. If rain or other problems persist, the decision will be made to shorten the workday on site by the houseleader. But everyone should come prepared to work for the entire day. After Day 3 in the schedule, there is enough inside work for all volunteers in case of inclement weather. What to Wear:Volunteers should dress warmly and comfortably for a hard day's work. Clark's build days are some of the coldest of the year, so you will want to layer your clothes and wear something to keep your head warm. Loose clothing and improper shoes can be dangerous.  Work boots or no-skid, thick-sole shoes are preferred. Long pants and long sleeves are recommended as some construction materials can irritate your skin. Bring a pair of work gloves, if possible. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: Q: What do I need to bring?A: Nothing. Habitat provides all tools, though if you have a favorite you'd like to work with, see Tools & Equipment below for complete guidelines.Q: Can I bring my kids along to help?A: No, due to workforce regulations, no one under 16 is allowed on site, no exceptions. Volunteers age 16-17 must have a parent or guardian sign their Release and Waiver of Liability.Q: What if it rains?A: Atlanta Habitat works rain or shine, though some houseleaders may decide to shorten the day. After Day 3 there is plenty of indoor work to be accomplished.Q: I have building materials/furnishings/appliances/etc. that I'd like to donate. How do I do this?A: You will need to arrange this directly with Atlanta Habitat for Humanity. Please contact them at (404)223-5180.Q: My plans have changed. May I cancel my volunteer slot?A: Yes, but PLEASE cancel online at least one week in advance so we can find someone else to take your place. We work hard to provide just the right amount of volunteers each day, specifically chosen to work alongside Clark. We must assure that there are enough hands to accomplish the day's goals, yet also assure that there will be tools and provisions to go around for all.Q: How is Clark involved?A: Clark has been building Habitat homes in Atlanta since 1996. He uses the money he makes from his speaking engagements to sponsor the homes. Learn how he got involved, in Clark's own words!     AT THE CONSTRUCTION SITE: Tools and Equipment:Atlanta Habitat provides all tools needed for the build. Volunteers are welcome to bring tools, but Atlanta Habitat is not responsible for lost or damaged tools. If you do choose to bring your own, please take time to clearly mark them with your name and phone number. Always use the right tool for the job and ask for instructions before using a tool for the first time. Tools should not be loose, dull or poorly adjusted. Please notify the houseleader if unsafe or damaged tools are in use. Check for defective cords, plugs and switches; do not use anything that is unsafe. Never remove or disable tool guards. Ask houseleader for help if a tool jams. Support materials properly before cutting or drilling. Use both hands (if required) to operate a tool safely, if not keep other hand clear. Never place tools where they can fall on someone or cause an accident, e.g. top rung of a ladder, rooftop, railings. Ladders:Many tasks performed on site require a ladder. Inspect all ladders before use. Set ladder on solid ground. To level, dig a hole on the high side rather than building up the lower side. Use the correct size ladder; never overextend yourself. Do not stretch to the side, instead move the ladder (even if that means re-setting it.) Never stand on top rungs of a ladder. Keep ladder clear of any power lines. Always face ladder and keep hands free while climbing. Safety and Insurance:Construction is considered to be a dangerous undertaking. Volunteers are asked to be as alert as possible to the safety risks. Volunteers under the age of 16 are not permitted to participate or to be present on site for insurance reasons. Habitat carries co-insurance on volunteers, which is activated when the volunteer signs up on site. The insurance will supplement the volunteer's own insurance in case of accidents, and provides basic coverage for volunteers who do not have insurance. First aid kits and insurance claim forms are available from Habitat staff. ALL volunteers must sign in every day that they work; otherwise, they will not be covered under Habitat's insurance.A Clean Work Site:A clean site is a safer work place. As things can quickly pile up, it is best to clean up and put tools away continuously throughout the day.  Do not leave tools or materials where others can trip over them. Organize debris. Please ask the houseleader for direction on what trash may be recycled. Always backdrive or bend nails in boards.    Clark's Atlanta Habitat for Humanity Sponsors  Each year several local and national companies donate their products and services as a way to help our homeowners settle into their new homes more easily. These companies dedicate their time, money and hard work to our home building projects, and, once again, we sincerely thank each one of our generous sponsors:     
Build a Habitat home with Clark Howard! Join Clark and Atlanta Habitat for Humanity as we build affordable homes for families in need. It's a fun and rewarding way to give a hand up to hard working families in your community.Sign up here to join our 2018 winter build. Sign up for Clark’s 2018 Habitat for Humanity Build Register here to volunteer for our upcoming build. Clark’s 2018 Habitat build dates are January 18 - March 3.Volunteer slots fill up fast, so plan ahead and sign up early.    Release and Waiver of Liability:Every volunteer is required to register online and agree to Atlanta Habitat's work release form before they can begin helping on the construction site. If you are under 18 years old, you must print and bring a copy of the form signed by your guardian to the build site.Location/Directions:Clark’s build will be in the Orchard Knob neighborhood of SE Atlanta this year. Volunteers will meet at Eagle’s Nest Community Church (442 School Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30354) each morning for registration, but be aware that it shows up as Victory Baptist Church on Google Maps.Workday Schedule:Breakfast and registration begin at 7:30am; the workday starts at 7:45am SHARP and ends around 3:30pm.It's crucial that all volunteers arrive on time, as important daily instructions are given then. If you miss the morning meeting, you might not be allowed to work that day.  Lunch will be served around noon at the site. Lunch, Drinks and Snacks:A free catered lunch is always provided for our volunteers, along with hot coffee, soft drinks, water and snacks. There is typically a vegetarian option provided.Parking and Automobiles:Atlanta Habitat strongly encourages volunteers to carpool. Police officers will be on duty, but the fewer cars in the area the better. Remember to remove anything of value from your car.Construction Policies: No one under the age of 16 is allowed on site – no exceptions. Volunteers ages 16 and 17 must have a parent or guardian sign their Release and Waiver of Liability. No smoking allowed on site. Report all injuries to your houseleader immediately to be eligible for secondary health coverage. Weather Conditions:Atlanta Habitat works rain or shine! Workdays are not typically canceled in advance due to adverse weather conditions. If rain or other problems persist, the decision will be made to shorten the workday on site by the houseleader. But everyone should come prepared to work for the entire day. After Day 3 in the schedule, there is enough inside work for all volunteers in case of inclement weather. What to Wear:Volunteers should dress warmly and comfortably for a hard day's work. Clark's build days are some of the coldest of the year, so you will want to layer your clothes and wear something to keep your head warm. Loose clothing and improper shoes can be dangerous.  Work boots or no-skid, thick-sole shoes are preferred. Long pants and long sleeves are recommended as some construction materials can irritate your skin. Bring a pair of work gloves, if possible. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: Q: What do I need to bring?A: Nothing. Habitat provides all tools, though if you have a favorite you'd like to work with, see Tools & Equipment below for complete guidelines.Q: Can I bring my kids along to help?A: No, due to workforce regulations, no one under 16 is allowed on site, no exceptions. Volunteers age 16-17 must have a parent or guardian sign their Release and Waiver of Liability.Q: What if it rains?A: Atlanta Habitat works rain or shine, though some houseleaders may decide to shorten the day. After Day 3 there is plenty of indoor work to be accomplished.Q: I have building materials/furnishings/appliances/etc. that I'd like to donate. How do I do this?A: You will need to arrange this directly with Atlanta Habitat for Humanity. Please contact them at (404)223-5180.Q: My plans have changed. May I cancel my volunteer slot?A: Yes, but PLEASE cancel online at least one week in advance so we can find someone else to take your place. We work hard to provide just the right amount of volunteers each day, specifically chosen to work alongside Clark. We must assure that there are enough hands to accomplish the day's goals, yet also assure that there will be tools and provisions to go around for all.Q: How is Clark involved?A: Clark has been building Habitat homes in Atlanta since 1996. He uses the money he makes from his speaking engagements to sponsor the homes. Learn how he got involved, in Clark's own words!     AT THE CONSTRUCTION SITE: Tools and Equipment:Atlanta Habitat provides all tools needed for the build. Volunteers are welcome to bring tools, but Atlanta Habitat is not responsible for lost or damaged tools. If you do choose to bring your own, please take time to clearly mark them with your name and phone number. Always use the right tool for the job and ask for instructions before using a tool for the first time. Tools should not be loose, dull or poorly adjusted. Please notify the houseleader if unsafe or damaged tools are in use. Check for defective cords, plugs and switches; do not use anything that is unsafe. Never remove or disable tool guards. Ask houseleader for help if a tool jams. Support materials properly before cutting or drilling. Use both hands (if required) to operate a tool safely, if not keep other hand clear. Never place tools where they can fall on someone or cause an accident, e.g. top rung of a ladder, rooftop, railings. Ladders:Many tasks performed on site require a ladder. Inspect all ladders before use. Set ladder on solid ground. To level, dig a hole on the high side rather than building up the lower side. Use the correct size ladder; never overextend yourself. Do not stretch to the side, instead move the ladder (even if that means re-setting it.) Never stand on top rungs of a ladder. Keep ladder clear of any power lines. Always face ladder and keep hands free while climbing. Safety and Insurance:Construction is considered to be a dangerous undertaking. Volunteers are asked to be as alert as possible to the safety risks. Volunteers under the age of 16 are not permitted to participate or to be present on site for insurance reasons. Habitat carries co-insurance on volunteers, which is activated when the volunteer signs up on site. The insurance will supplement the volunteer's own insurance in case of accidents, and provides basic coverage for volunteers who do not have insurance. First aid kits and insurance claim forms are available from Habitat staff. ALL volunteers must sign in every day that they work; otherwise, they will not be covered under Habitat's insurance.A Clean Work Site:A clean site is a safer work place. As things can quickly pile up, it is best to clean up and put tools away continuously throughout the day.  Do not leave tools or materials where others can trip over them. Organize debris. Please ask the houseleader for direction on what trash may be recycled. Always backdrive or bend nails in boards.    Clark's Atlanta Habitat for Humanity Sponsors  Each year several local and national companies donate their products and services as a way to help our homeowners settle into their new homes more easily. These companies dedicate their time, money and hard work to our home building projects, and, once again, we sincerely thank each one of our generous sponsors:     
Build a Habitat home with Clark Howard! Join Clark and Atlanta Habitat for Humanity as we build affordable homes for families in need. It's a fun and rewarding way to give a hand up to hard working families in your community.Sign up here to join our 2018 winter build. Sign up for Clark’s 2018 Habitat for Humanity Build Register here to volunteer for our upcoming build. Clark’s 2018 Habitat build dates are January 18 - March 3.Volunteer slots fill up fast, so plan ahead and sign up early.    Release and Waiver of Liability:Every volunteer is required to register online and agree to Atlanta Habitat's work release form before they can begin helping on the construction site. If you are under 18 years old, you must print and bring a copy of the form signed by your guardian to the build site.Location/Directions:Clark’s build will be in the Orchard Knob neighborhood of SE Atlanta this year. Volunteers will meet at Eagle’s Nest Community Church (442 School Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30354) each morning for registration, but be aware that it shows up as Victory Baptist Church on Google Maps.Workday Schedule:Breakfast and registration begin at 7:30am; the workday starts at 7:45am SHARP and ends around 3:30pm.It's crucial that all volunteers arrive on time, as important daily instructions are given then. If you miss the morning meeting, you might not be allowed to work that day.  Lunch will be served around noon at the site. Lunch, Drinks and Snacks:A free catered lunch is always provided for our volunteers, along with hot coffee, soft drinks, water and snacks. There is typically a vegetarian option provided.Parking and Automobiles:Atlanta Habitat strongly encourages volunteers to carpool. Police officers will be on duty, but the fewer cars in the area the better. Remember to remove anything of value from your car.Construction Policies: No one under the age of 16 is allowed on site – no exceptions. Volunteers ages 16 and 17 must have a parent or guardian sign their Release and Waiver of Liability. No smoking allowed on site. Report all injuries to your houseleader immediately to be eligible for secondary health coverage. Weather Conditions:Atlanta Habitat works rain or shine! Workdays are not typically canceled in advance due to adverse weather conditions. If rain or other problems persist, the decision will be made to shorten the workday on site by the houseleader. But everyone should come prepared to work for the entire day. After Day 3 in the schedule, there is enough inside work for all volunteers in case of inclement weather. What to Wear:Volunteers should dress warmly and comfortably for a hard day's work. Clark's build days are some of the coldest of the year, so you will want to layer your clothes and wear something to keep your head warm. Loose clothing and improper shoes can be dangerous.  Work boots or no-skid, thick-sole shoes are preferred. Long pants and long sleeves are recommended as some construction materials can irritate your skin. Bring a pair of work gloves, if possible. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: Q: What do I need to bring?A: Nothing. Habitat provides all tools, though if you have a favorite you'd like to work with, see Tools & Equipment below for complete guidelines.Q: Can I bring my kids along to help?A: No, due to workforce regulations, no one under 16 is allowed on site, no exceptions. Volunteers age 16-17 must have a parent or guardian sign their Release and Waiver of Liability.Q: What if it rains?A: Atlanta Habitat works rain or shine, though some houseleaders may decide to shorten the day. After Day 3 there is plenty of indoor work to be accomplished.Q: I have building materials/furnishings/appliances/etc. that I'd like to donate. How do I do this?A: You will need to arrange this directly with Atlanta Habitat for Humanity. Please contact them at (404)223-5180.Q: My plans have changed. May I cancel my volunteer slot?A: Yes, but PLEASE cancel online at least one week in advance so we can find someone else to take your place. We work hard to provide just the right amount of volunteers each day, specifically chosen to work alongside Clark. We must assure that there are enough hands to accomplish the day's goals, yet also assure that there will be tools and provisions to go around for all.Q: How is Clark involved?A: Clark has been building Habitat homes in Atlanta since 1996. He uses the money he makes from his speaking engagements to sponsor the homes. Learn how he got involved, in Clark's own words!     AT THE CONSTRUCTION SITE: Tools and Equipment:Atlanta Habitat provides all tools needed for the build. Volunteers are welcome to bring tools, but Atlanta Habitat is not responsible for lost or damaged tools. If you do choose to bring your own, please take time to clearly mark them with your name and phone number. Always use the right tool for the job and ask for instructions before using a tool for the first time. Tools should not be loose, dull or poorly adjusted. Please notify the houseleader if unsafe or damaged tools are in use. Check for defective cords, plugs and switches; do not use anything that is unsafe. Never remove or disable tool guards. Ask houseleader for help if a tool jams. Support materials properly before cutting or drilling. Use both hands (if required) to operate a tool safely, if not keep other hand clear. Never place tools where they can fall on someone or cause an accident, e.g. top rung of a ladder, rooftop, railings. Ladders:Many tasks performed on site require a ladder. Inspect all ladders before use. Set ladder on solid ground. To level, dig a hole on the high side rather than building up the lower side. Use the correct size ladder; never overextend yourself. Do not stretch to the side, instead move the ladder (even if that means re-setting it.) Never stand on top rungs of a ladder. Keep ladder clear of any power lines. Always face ladder and keep hands free while climbing. Safety and Insurance:Construction is considered to be a dangerous undertaking. Volunteers are asked to be as alert as possible to the safety risks. Volunteers under the age of 16 are not permitted to participate or to be present on site for insurance reasons. Habitat carries co-insurance on volunteers, which is activated when the volunteer signs up on site. The insurance will supplement the volunteer's own insurance in case of accidents, and provides basic coverage for volunteers who do not have insurance. First aid kits and insurance claim forms are available from Habitat staff. ALL volunteers must sign in every day that they work; otherwise, they will not be covered under Habitat's insurance.A Clean Work Site:A clean site is a safer work place. As things can quickly pile up, it is best to clean up and put tools away continuously throughout the day.  Do not leave tools or materials where others can trip over them. Organize debris. Please ask the houseleader for direction on what trash may be recycled. Always backdrive or bend nails in boards.    Clark's Atlanta Habitat for Humanity Sponsors  Each year several local and national companies donate their products and services as a way to help our homeowners settle into their new homes more easily. These companies dedicate their time, money and hard work to our home building projects, and, once again, we sincerely thank each one of our generous sponsors:     
Senate moves to end shutdown as Democrats accept DACA debate offer

Bringing a government shutdown to a close after three days, the Senate approved a bill to fund the operations of the federal government into February, as Democrats dropped their filibuster, accepting an assurance from Republicans that there would be an upcoming full Senate debate on immigration issues involving illegal immigrants who were brought to this country at a young age by their parents.

“I am pleased that Democrats in Congress have come to their senses,” President Donald Trump said in a written statement issued by the White House, as Republicans said the shutdown was a big political mistake by Democrats.

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