Office of Management and Budget begins government shutdown prep, just in case

Die government is due to run out of funding op September 30 without congressional action, so it’s about that time again. When the US government is within seven days of a potential shutdown, no matter the circumstances or state of play in funding negotiations, the Office of Management and Budget begins its standard shutdown planning protocol, reminding government agencies of the steps they should prepare to take.

Thursday marks seven days before the government is set to run out of money, and by standard procedure, that reminder is going out.
The House has passed a bill to fund the government until December, but tied that legislation to a provision to address the debt ceiling. That bill does not have the 60 votes to pass the Senate, where Republicans have remained steadfast in their opposition to raising the debt limit.
    We fully expect Congress to work in a bipartisan fashion to keep our government open, get disaster relief to the Americans who need it, and avoid a catastrophic default, especially as we continue to confront the pandemic and power an economic recovery. Intussen, prudent management requires that the government plan for the possibility of a lapse in funding,” OMB spokesman Abdullah Hasan said in a statement to CNN.
      Here are the key dates to watch:
      • September 27: A self-imposed deadline for the House to vote on a bipartisan infrastructure deal, unlocking a path to the larger spending bill.
      • September 30: Government funding expires at midnight, which could trigger a shutdown.
      • Mid-October: The government reaches its borrowing limit, which could trigger a first-ever US default and a self-inflicted economic explosion if the US chooses not to pay its bills. It could halt paychecks to federal workers, Medicare benefits, military salaries, tax refunds, Social Security checks and payments to federal contractors.

      Consistent with longstanding practice across multiple administrations, OMB is preparing for any contingency, and determinations about specific programs are being actively reviewed by agencies,” Hasan added. “Meer belangrik, there is enough time for Congress to prevent a lapse in appropriations, and we are confident they will do so.
        Op Capitol Hill, there are quiet discussions among Democrats about an alternative bill to at least keep the government funded before the September 30 deadline without a debt limit provision. What that would entailor if Democrats take that pathis not yet clear. But it underscores a quiet view on both sides of Pennsylvania Ave.: a government shutdown is simply not an option at this highest stakes of moments for Biden’s domestic legislative agenda.
        Nietemin, there is a plan in place for every government department and agency, all of which are laid out in significant detail on the OMB’s website.
            Those plans include information on how many employees would get furloughed, what employees are essential and would work without pay (byvoorbeeld, air traffic controllers, Secret Service agents, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention laboratory staff), how long it would take to wind down operations in the hours before a shutdown, and what activities would come to a halt.
            It’s not the first time the government has been on the brink of a shutdown, and it has happened on multiple occasions. Mees onlangs, die government shut down for 35 dae, a record shutdown length, from December 2018 tot Januarie 2019 amid a Congressional stalemate over funding for then-President Donald Trump’s border wall. The government also shut down for three days over deadlock during the Trump administration in January 2018. En in 2013, then-President Barack Obama presided over a 16-day partial government shutdown caused by a dispute over the Affordable Care Act and other budget disagreements.

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