- The White House told federal agencies on Tuesday to prepare for a government shutdown.
- President Obama’s budget director Sylvia Matthews Burwell in a memo to agencies said they should set their plans in case Congress fails to pass a funding measure by the end of the month. The government would shut down Oct. 1 without action by Congress.
- While there is time for Congress to act, Burwell wrote that “prudent management” requires agencies to prepare for a shutdown.
- Only activities that are required by law would be allowed to continue to function during a shutdown, the memo states. A similar memo was released twice in 2011 amid potential shutdowns.
- Conservative Republicans in the House and Senate are demanding that any government funding bill include language defunding ObamaCare and have said they will oppose a funding measure that doesn’t include the ObamaCare defunding language.
- Since Senate Democrats and President Obama are not expected to accept such language, the bill would likely lead to a government shutdown Oct. 1.
- GOP leaders are expected to discuss various options for moving forward at a conference meeting Wednesday. Leaders appear to be leaning toward bringing a bill to the floor that would include language defunding ObamaCare.
- The last government shutdown came in 1996. Washington came close to shutting down several times in 2011 amid budget fights.