White House budget office urges agencies to prepare for possible shutdown

WASHINGTON Tue Sep 17, 2013 6:50pm EDT

Nominee for Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget Sylvia Mathews Burwell listens to U.S. President Barack Obama in the East Room of the White House in Washington, March 4, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing

Nominee for Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget Sylvia Mathews Burwell listens to U.S. President Barack Obama in the East Room of the White House in Washington, March 4, 2013.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House budget office directed federal agencies on Tuesday to prepare for the possibility of a federal government shutdown should Democrats and Republicans fail to find a budget compromise by the end of September.

With conservative Republicans pushing for spending cuts and attempting to cut off funding for President Barack Obama's 2011 healthcare law, the two sides are having trouble reaching a budget agreement ahead of the September 30 end of the 2013 fiscal year.

White House budget director Sylvia Mathews Burwell told federal agencies in a memo to update their plans for keeping a skeleton staff on duty for essential government services.

"There is enough time for Congress to prevent a lapse in appropriations, and the administration is willing to work with Congress to enact a short-term continuing resolution to fund critical government operations and allow Congress the time to complete the full-year 2014 appropriations," she said.

But prudent management requires agencies to be prepared for the possibility of a disruption in funding, she said.

(Reporting By Steve Holland and Roberta Rampton; Editing by Philip Barbara)

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Comments (3)
speaker12 wrote:
So Obama refuses to negotiate and would rather see our Nation in financial freefall than jeopardize his inane health care plan. What a man. What a leader. What a lame duck.

Sep 17, 2013 7:48pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
CountryPride wrote:
So please tell us lapdog media, how is it we are readying for a shutdown and operating with “skeleton staffs” which mean that we are laying off American workers but if it is go to war in Syria suddenly money magically appears? It seems this administration is only broke when it comes to helping Americans, helping foreigner however, the money spigot gushes with US taxpayer dollars!

Sep 18, 2013 3:24am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Des3Maisons wrote:
The Republicans didn’t have a problem with passing the budgets during the Bush/Cheney administration when they were on a spending binge in addition to spending a trillion dollars on the Iraq war alone, which was started on lies. The debt, the war and an economy in free-fall were all inherited by the Obama administration.

Sep 18, 2013 7:39am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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