On Friday at midnight funding expires and now officials at the Office of Management and Budget are preparing for the possibility of that happening. As Republican lawmakers desperately try to reach a funding deal, the funding deadline is running out.
On December 1 officials with the Office of Management and Budget (or OMB) held a conference call with federal agencies, a call that is required whether or not a government shutdown is imminent according to the Office of Management and Budget. The purpose of the call was to ensure that they are prepared for a lapse in funding.
Lindsay Walters, a spokeswoman for the OMB, said in a statement:
‘Prudent management requires that agencies be prepared for the possibility of lapse.’
Currently there are conservative factions within the Republican party that are at odds about Republican leadership in terms of a short-term strategy for spending. A potential deal could be a two-week continuing resolution that would fund the United States government until December 22. The issue is that the House Freedom Caucus are asking that Republican leaders pass a defense spending bill alongside the possible second continuing resolution.
On Wednesday the president said that a government shut down is possible, saying:
‘It could happen. The Democrats are really looking at something that is very dangerous to our country. They are looking at shutting down… they want to have illegal immigrants, in many cases people that we don’t want in our country. They want to have illegal immigrants pouring into our country, bringing with them crime, tremendous amounts of crime. We don’t want to have that. We want to have a great, beautiful, crime-free country.
‘So, the Democrats maybe will want to shut down the country cause they want people flowing into our country.’
The video below shows Donald Trump admitting that a government shutdown is a very real possibility, but blaming Democrats for that possibility, courtesy of the Associated Press:
California congresswoman and Democratic minority leader Nancy Pelosi commented on a possible government shutdown on Wednesday, insisting via her Twitter account that President Trump is delusional, as Democrats aren’t interested in a shutdown and would prefer a compromise.
President Trump is the only person talking about a government shutdown. Democrats are hopeful the President will be open to an agreement to address the urgent needs of the American people and keep government open.
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) December 6, 2017
You can read some of the best responses to Rep. Pelosi’s comment in the screen captures below:
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