White House Directs Agencies to Prepare for Shutdown

By on September 18, 2013 in Current Events with 139 Comments

White House Office of Management and Budget director Sylvia Burwell said in a recent memo that federal agencies should be updating their plans for operations in the event of a government shutdown.

“The Administration does not want a lapse in appropriations to occur, ” wrote Burwell. “There is enough time for Congress to prevent a lapse in appropriations,… however, prudent management requires that agencies be prepared for the possibility of a lapse.”

The memo notes that only activities that are required by law would be allowed to continue during a shutdown. The only exception would be if an agency has a separate funding source for an activity that would remain in place during a shutdown.

House leaders intend to vote this Friday on a stopgap spending measure to defund ObamaCare which increases the likelihood of a government shutdown in two weeks.

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