White House directs agencies to prepare for shutdown

WASHINGTON Tue Apr 5, 2011 9:29am EDT

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at a campaign rally in Minneapolis, Minnesota in this October 23, 2010 file photograph.REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/Files

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at a campaign rally in Minneapolis, Minnesota in this October 23, 2010 file photograph.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House has directed government agencies to prepare for a government shutdown if Republicans and Democrats fail to agree on a budget bill before cash runs out, a spokesman said on Tuesday.

President Barack Obama is meeting with congressional leaders at the White House to try to break a stalemate over how to cut $33 billion in this year's budget before a Friday deadline when government funding runs out.

With an agreement still far from reached, the White House Office of Management and Budget said agencies were preparing to close their doors even as leaders from both parties worked to keep that from being necessary.

"We are aware of the calendar, and to be prudent and prepare for the chance that Congress may not pass a funding bill in time, on Monday OMB encouraged agency heads to begin sharing their contingency plans with senior managers throughout their organization to ensure that they have their feedback and input," OMB spokesman Kenneth Baer said.

"As the week progresses, we will continue to take necessary steps to prepare for the possibility that Congress is unable to come to agreement and a lapse in government funding ensues."

(Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

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Comments (4)
FredFrosty wrote:
1000 Christians killed in Ivory Coast by people the U.S./UN is supporting and the Mainstream media ignores it. Google it. The media is protecting the administration and the internet is exposing it.

Apr 05, 2011 9:59am EDT  --  Report as abuse
varela wrote:
So the party of “NO” is going to cause a government shutdown because they spent too much money in Iraq and gave too many tax breaks to the rich and now they want to get that money back by cutting domestic spending?!?!

Apr 05, 2011 10:16am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Moby wrote:
A shutdown is probably a good thing – it will serve to dramatize just what is and what is not a role that the government should undertake. For example a shutdown of most of the military bases throughout the world is likely a very good thing, that would save a whole lot of tax dollars. And that’s just one area. A dramatic reform of the Department of Education is another. Time to get back to the constitutionla authority given the federal government.

Apr 05, 2011 10:37am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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