Tuesday, October 1, 2013
DJ: White House Orders Government Agencies To Begin Shutting Down
WASHINGTON--The Obama administration late Monday told federal agencies to begin an "orderly shutdown" of parts of the federal government because Congress failed to approve funding for the new fiscal year, set to begin on Tuesday Oct. 1.
"We urge Congress to act quickly to pass a (spending bill) to provide a short-term bridge that ensures sufficient time to pass a budget for the remainder of the fiscal year," Office of Management and Budget Director Sylvia Mathews said in a memo. Ms. Matthews urged lawmakers to "restore the operation of critical public services and programs that will be impacted by a lapse in appropriations."
Ms. Mathews said the White House doesn't "have a clear indication" on whether Congress will act to reopen the government on Tuesday to limit a lapse in government services. Government agencies were required to develop contingency plans in the event of a lapse in funding for government services.