White House budget office urges agencies to prepare for possible shutdown

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.

Updated: Sep 18, 2013, 12:11 PM IST

Washington: 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.

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