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 PaulSenate to vote Thursday to block Trump's Saudi arms deal Senate to vote Thursday to block Trump's Saudi arms deal Overnight Defense: Shanahan exit shocks Washington | Pentagon left rudderless | Lawmakers want answers on Mideast troop deployment | Senate could vote on Saudi arms deal this week | Pompeo says Trump doesn't want war with Iran 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 MulvaneyCongressional leaders, White House officials fail to reach budget deal Congressional leaders, White House officials fail to reach budget deal Congressional leaders, White House officials to meet Wednesday on spending 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.