February 8, 2018 / 11:56 PM / 4 months ago

Facing midnight deadline, U.S. government preparing for possible shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is preparing for a U.S. government shutdown if Congress does not pass a funding bill by midnight, an OMB official said on Thursday.

The U.S. Capitol building is seen in Washington, U.S., February 8, 2018. REUTERS/ Leah Millis

“The Office of Management and Budget is currently preparing for a lapse in appropriations. As we stated earlier today, we support the Bipartisan Budget Act and urge Congress to send it to the president’s desk without delay,” the OMB official said.

Reporting by Steve Holland; Writing by Eric Beech; Editing by Eric Walsh

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