NADO Update on Government Shutdown

Posted on: October 2nd, 2013 by NADO Admin

The House and Senate have 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 sticking point is disagreement over attempts by the House to defund the Affordable Care Act (known as Obamacare) or cancel portions of it in a CR. Over the past several days the two bodies have passed CR proposals back and forth. The Senate has rejected efforts to de-fund Obamacare several times, pushing for a “clean” stopgap spending bill that would fund the government through November 15 without any heath policy language.

The failure of Congress to reach a deal on a CR has led to the first government shutdown in 17 years. Federal agencies are preparing to close today and it’s unclear how or when lawmakers will resolve the impasse. 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).

NADO legislative staff will continue to provide updates on the government shutdown and efforts to restore federal funding. Please feel free to contact Susan Howard, Legislative Director, at 202.624.8590 / [email protected] (showard null@null nado NULL.org) or Ted Stiger, Legislative Associate, at 202.624.8467 / [email protected] (tstiger null@null nado NULL.org) with any questions.

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