In other news, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has banned the Russian delegation from the 2018 Winter Olympics over widespread, systemic state-sponsored doping. Some reports have claimed doping in Russia is actually mandatory.
Meanwhile, 10 environmental groups including the Wilderness Society, the Sierra Club, and the Natural Resources Defense Council have filed a lawsuit to block Trump's order to shrink the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments. The Navajo Nation is also planning to file a lawsuit.
Finally, FEMA employees may be forced to pay back some of their overtime pay because natural disasters have consumed so many hours. Moreover, employees may not be paid at all soon.
FEMA blamed an "unprecedented hurricane season" for forcing it to abide by federal statutes that cap overtime earnings and allow the agency to garnish future paychecks, Bloomberg first reported Tuesday.
“Due to the extended work hours involved in supporting disaster recovery and response efforts for multiple storms, some employees have been affected by the annual maximum earnings limitation," FEMA said in an emailed statement, Bloomberg wrote.
Employees “may still be ordered to perform work without receiving further compensation,” according to an FAQ the agency reportedly sent employees in November.
Something is going to have to change because we all know the 2017 cycle of natural disasters could be tame compared to what's coming under climate change.
We're 3 days away from a possible government shutdown, by the way.