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Politics White House prepping agencies for possible shutdown

10:00  24 september  2021
10:00  24 september  2021 Source:   thehill.com

Office of Management and Budget begins government shutdown prep, just in case

  Office of Management and Budget begins government shutdown prep, just in case The government is due to run out of funding on September 30 without congressional action, so it's about that time again.The government is due to run out of funding on September 30 without congressional action, so it's about that time again. When the US government is within seven days of a potential shutdown, no matter the circumstances or state of play in funding negotiations, the Office of Management and Budget begins its standard shutdown planning protocol, reminding government agencies of the steps they should prepare to take.

The Biden administration is set to notify federal agencies on Thursday to prepare for a potential government shutdown as the White House makes preparations to mitigate impacts on the pandemic response and other services.

Jen Psaki in a blue shirt: White House prepping agencies for possible shutdown © Getty White House prepping agencies for possible shutdown

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is expected to remind agencies to review plans for a potential shutdown, which will happen if Congress does not fund the government before the end of the month.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters the OMB reminder is standard practice.

"It's just a reminder, we're seven days out and we need to be prepared of course in any event of any contingencies, so we see this as a routine step, and one just to be prepared in any event of what could happen," Psaki said.

Why the US government could shut down this week and what will happen

  Why the US government could shut down this week and what will happen The government is hurtling toward some historic firsts: A potential debt default and a government shutdown during a pandemic. Here's why.Thursday, September 30, is the end of the fiscal year - and the last day for which the federal government has funding. That means that lawmakers need to step in and pass what's called a "continuing resolution" measure that would temporarily fund the government. If they can't pass that, the government risks a possible shutdown, which could cause government employee furloughs and a ripple effect throughout the entire economy.


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Psaki reiterated the White House is taking steps to guard against the potential fallout of a pandemic, which would restrict government services and could hamper the country's economic recovery amid the pandemic.

Public health agencies, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are generally exempt from shutdowns and will continue to operate, Psaki said.

"But large swaths of the federal government coming to a screeching halt would certainly not be beneficial to pandemic response," she said. "But we are doing everything we can to mitigate."

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) vowed Thursday that Congress will find a way to avert a government shutdown next week, dismissing threats from Senate Republicans who intend to block the legislation.

The House on Tuesday passed a legislative package to extend government funding through Dec. 3 and provide emergency funds for resettling Afghan refugees and responding to a series of natural disasters around the U.S. On its own, that package has broad bipartisan support.

But Democratic leaders also attached language to suspend the debt limit in the face of warnings that the Treasury Department will exhaust its borrowing authority sometime next month. A government default, economists of all stripes have warned, would tank the U.S. economy and send reverberations around the globe.

Full List of 15 Republican Senators Who Voted to Avoid a Government Shutdown .
Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham are among those who approved the short-term government funding bill that keeps federal agencies open until December 3.The bill, which has now been signed by President Joe Biden, will now keep the government running until December 3.

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