Dec 7, 2017

12/07/2017: The race to avoid a government shutdown

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(U.S. Edition) With the government due to run out of money very soon, President Trump is set to meet with congressional leaders to avoid a shutdown. Can they reach a deal? On today's show, we'll look at some of the snags Republicans and Democrats may still run into. Afterwards, we'll discuss a provision in the House's version of the tax bill that could remove an incentive for developers to invest in affordable housing. Then, we'll visit Aransas County, Texas to see how Hurricane Harvey has affected housing in the region. Eighty-percent of buildings were knocked out, leaving many without homes.

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Harvey knocked out 80 percent of buildings in Aransas County, Texas, leaving little post-disaster housing

Dec 7, 2017
FEMA's bringing in manufactured units and recreational vehicles for temporary homes.
Rene Cartini and her husband, Bo, just moved into their FEMA manufactured housing unit last week. They plan to stay in it until they finish rebuilding their home.
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Proposed tax credit change could reduce future affordable housing

Dec 7, 2017
Advocates for affordable housing worry that the elimination of an incentive program for developers in the House version of the tax bill could result in less low-income housing built in the future.
A construction site stands around neglected housing in Manhattan on November 30, 2017 in New York City. Republicans are coming closer to getting the votes needed to pass their proposed tax cut which many economists predict will benefit the wealthy at the expense of the poor and middle class.
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EPA head Scott Pruitt to face first congressional hearing. What's his grade so far?

Dec 7, 2017
Environmental Protection Agnecy head Scott Pruitt is scheduled to testify before Congress today. ((Thurs)) The oversight hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Committee will focus on how he’s managed the agency since taking the reins. Questions will come from Republicans and Democrats. What’s he likely to face?  Click the audio player above to hear […]

Facebook has been ranked the best place to work for the third time, according to Glassdoor reviews

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Dec 7, 2017
Despite the criticism Facebook has faced over the past year, its employees love working there.
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(U.S. Edition) With the government due to run out of money very soon, President Trump is set to meet with congressional leaders to avoid a shutdown. Can they reach a deal? On today’s show, we’ll look at some of the snags Republicans and Democrats may still run into. Afterwards, we’ll discuss a provision in the House’s version of the tax bill that could remove an incentive for developers to invest in affordable housing. Then, we’ll visit Aransas County, Texas to see how Hurricane Harvey has affected housing in the region. Eighty-percent of buildings were knocked out, leaving many without homes.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC