Government Shutdown Continues; No Deal in Sight for FY2014 Funding

Posted on: October 4th, 2013 by NADO Admin

The House and Senate failed to come to an agreement on a Continuing Resolution (CR) to keep government programs operational for the new fiscal year (FY2014) which began at midnight on October 1. The failure of Congress to reach a deal on a CR has led to the first government shutdown in 17 years. As the shutdown enters its fourth day, both sides are maintaining their positions. House leadership insists that any CR must include language to de-fund the Affordable Care Act (known as Obamacare). Senate leadership wants a “clean” CR through November 15 with no health care policy language attached. The House has begun to move legislation to re-open some areas of the government in a piecemeal fashion. This week, the House approved legislation to temporarily fund non-active-duty military pay and veterans’ benefits and similar proposals for other functions are expected to come to the floor this weekend. It appears increasingly likely that a final deal on a CR for FY2014 will be linked to Congressional action to raise the debt limit which is expected to be reached by October 17.

During a shutdown, federal agencies must discontinue all non-essential discretionary functions until new funding legislation is passed and signed into law. Each federal agency has its own shutdown plan, following guidance from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The plan identifies which activities may not continue until appropriations are restored. Federal agency contingency plans are available on OMB’s website at http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/contingency-plans (http://www NULL.whitehouse NULL.gov/omb/contingency-plans).

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