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White House tells agencies to prepare for shutdown

White House tells agencies to prepare for shutdown
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The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is telling agencies to prepare for a lapse in federal funding ahead of a possible government shutdown as Congress attempts to pass a two-year budget deal.

"The Office of Management and Budget is currently preparing for a lapse in appropriations," an agency official said Thursday night, according to Reuters.

"As we stated earlier today, we support the Bipartisan Budget Act and urge Congress to send it to the President's desk without delay."

The House and Senate were set to vote Thursday on a two-year budget deal before midnight to avoid another government shutdown, but Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulSaudi mystery drives wedge between Trump, GOP Noisy democracy, or rude people behaving like children? Lawmakers, Wall Street shrug off Trump's escalating Fed attacks MORE (R-Ky.) put forward a last-minute roadblock, delaying a Senate vote on the funding bill.

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OMB spokesman John Czwartacki said that “agencies are now being urged to review and prepare for lapse” in spending after midnight, according to The Washington Post.

The OMB is tasked with implementing the president's budget and managing funding priorities for executive agencies. 

OMB Director Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyOn The Money: Mnuchin pulls out of Saudi summit | Consumer bureau to probe controversial blog posts on race | Harris proposes new middle-class tax credit Consumer bureau to probe top Trump official's past racial comments On The Money: Deficit hits six-year high of 9 billion | Yellen says Trump attacks threaten Fed | Affordable housing set for spotlight in 2020 race MORE oversaw an "orderly shutdown" of government agencies last month when the government shut down for three days, working to keep the departments open as long as possible with the remaining funding.