White House: Prepare for a shutdown
September 18th, 2013
08:48 AM ET
1 year ago

White House: Prepare for a shutdown

Washington (CNN) - With an impending budget deadline, the White House budget office directed federal agencies to prepare for a potential government shutdown.

In a memo, Sylvia Burwell, director of the Office of Management and Budget, told federal agencies to update their plans in the event members of Congress and the White House are unable to reach an agreement before September 30, the end of the fiscal year.

"There is enough time for Congress to prevent a lapse in appropriations, and the Administration is willing to work with Congress to enact a short-term continuing resolution to fund critical Government operations and allow Congress the time to complete the full year 2014 appropriations," Burwell wrote in the Tuesday letter. "However, prudent management requires that agencies be prepared for the possibility of a lapse."

Budget negotiations remain at a standstill with Republicans pushing for spending cuts and a repeal of the 2010 health care law and the president insisting he will not negotiate over the law.

"This country has worked too hard for too long to dig out of a crisis just to see their elected representatives here in Washington purposely cause another crisis," Obama said in a Monday speech. "Let's stop the threats. Let's stop the political posturing. Let's keep our government open. Let's pay our bills on time. Let's pass a budget."

Q&A: The lowdown on the shutdown, or why you should care about the CR


Filed under: Budget • Congress • White House
soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. Data Driven

    I've read elsewhere that Dems and GOPhers aren't even speaking through back-channels anymore; they're not talking at all.

    Complete paralysis. This, by the way, is how empires die.

    September 18, 2013 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  2. ED1

    If this will stop the overspending then shut it down.

    September 18, 2013 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    The sequestered cuts were part of the "big dieal" that was reached during the budget debacle in the summer of 2011. In December of that same year, House Speaker John Boehner was asked about the spending cuts that were reachec during that budget battle during an interview, which I believe was televised on "60 Minutes". Boehner bragged about the spending cuts that highlighted the budget settlement as being "98% of what he wanted".

    Boehner and the Republicans were proud of the fact that they had "made the President blink" during that battle. Nope, the sequestered cuts are wholly owned by the Republicans. They used to brag about them to their constituents. "Look at what we did. We kept our promises. We have cut spending."

    I think Pres. Obama has made it pretty clear that he's not going to blink this time around. The Tea Party plebes want it their way or the hgihway. The remain convinced that the president will blink again. Republican establishment types are convinced that the president will not blink.

    The establishment wants the plebes to understand that their current course will lead to a government shutdown. To which the plebes respond by saying, "Great. That's exactly what we want. It stop us from spending money, which means that we will be saving it."

    September 18, 2013 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  4. Gurgyl

    What else can this nation afford to experience after Trillions poured in IRAQ, AFGANISTAN, AND 30 BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR TO PAKISTAN FROM GOP IDIOTS RULE FOR FORTY YEARS.
    Ps: CNN please do not be fox. Just publish this.

    September 18, 2013 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  5. Dallas

    It's just unimagineable that these useless republicans in the House would shut the federal government down over Obamacare. Obamacare is the law of the land – read the supreme court decision. The Republican party is going to pay dearly in November 2014 for their reprehensible actions over the past 6 years. Get rid of these tea baggers who are causing so much harm to our nation!

    September 18, 2013 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  6. Gunderson

    Ouch!, You can have jobs or "Puitn" Care. Not both. The President's Brain missing. Sorry, playing Golf. Government Shutdown just "Bump in Road" Who want to work anyway when they have Food Stamps Un Employment Checks and Welfare. Now why National debt go thru roof?

    September 18, 2013 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  7. Zerubbabel

    The GOPT RWNJ's are accomplishing the goals of Al Quaeda, to financially destroy this country. The demographics are changing, accept it. The 1950's America no longer exists and never will return. LONG LIVE THE SOUTH DIED IN 1865.

    September 18, 2013 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  8. pattianne

    This has happened before and it might be time for the government to shut down again. When they say "Shut Down" it will affect a lot of people, but the important things keep on going. The problem is that the Republicans and Democrats spend more time trying to influence the people by telling us how horrible things will be. OK. Maybe it is time to call the government's bluff and let it happen. The worst thing about the "Shut Down" might be the constant whining and blaming that will be on the news every hour. Our government is a joke, but it is a shame that no one is laughing at this sad excuse for leaders in the USA.

    September 18, 2013 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  9. Lynda/Minnesota

    While Mr. Boehner and Company are more than happy to allow the likes of Rush Limbaugh and the handful of billionaire Tea Party supporters to take over their political party, I for one would be extremely upset were Obama to all the same to happen for all of America.

    The Tea Party has all but held Americans hostage. It is time for the media to dig into what is nothing more than a multi-billion dollar lobbyist takeover of American politics.

    Oh, yeah. I forgot. Our American media is owned by such multi-billion dollar lobbyists. My bad.

    September 18, 2013 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  10. Tom

    Let's face it, a Republican-led shutdown of the government would be the best possible scenario for the Democratic party. I don't think the Democrats have any intention of compromising. They're going to let the extremist Republicans commit suicide then clean up in 2014 and 2016. I think the country will ultimately suffer from all these silly games, but at this point I suspect a disastrous failure by Republicans is probably the only thing that might restore an atmosphere of compromise in Washington.

    September 18, 2013 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  11. Warren

    And please don't back down on the health care law PRESIDENT Obama.

    September 18, 2013 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  12. Tampa Tim

    Cruz, Paul, and the rest of the elected baggers are drooling over the thought of destroying the US economically. They will still get their pay, so they are not worried. Thanks to the GOP, they will do what al Qaida could not, ruin America.

    September 18, 2013 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  13. Evergreen

    Last week we on the brink of a possible WW3. Who knows what major situation or natural disaster will strike next. But these so called leaders want to shut down the government over healthcare for their own citizens. Why don't ever threaten to shut down the government over foreign aid, subsidies to multi-national corporates or weapons to rebels.

    September 18, 2013 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  14. Russ

    Mr. President, you ARE the crisis this nation faces. Socialism does not work. Maybe if you write that 10,000 times you'll figure out tha blatantly obvious. Resign Mr. Obama, this nation deserves far better than you.

    September 18, 2013 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  15. Rudy NYC

    Budget negotiations remain at a standstill with Republicans pushing for spending cuts and a repeal of the 2010 health care law and the president insisting he will not negotiate over the law.
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    Republicans pushing spending cuts. Republicans pushed for and passed the sequestered cuts during he debe ceiling debacle of 2011. The sequester budget is the only thing that reached the president's desk, and that came at the latest possible moment. The choice was clear. Sign it, or die with it.

    Pres. Obama blinked and signed the bill because not signing it would have meant defaulting on our credit, which Republicans had claimed didn't mean anything......until the US credit was downgraded, which they blamed on Pres Obama. Later that year, Boehner proudly bragged about the budget, which included the sequestered cuts, was "98" of what he wanted. So, I ask you. Who owns the sequestered budget cuts, Democrats or Republicans?

    September 18, 2013 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  16. HenryMiller

    What if they gave a shutdown and nobody noticed? Generally, that's what seems to happen. And they more the federal government stays shut down, the less damage it does to the country.

    September 18, 2013 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  17. Eric Folkerts

    Shut it all down except paying soldiers and our senior citizens. ESPECIALLY stop paying the politicians.... maybe then they will get something done.

    September 18, 2013 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  18. S.B. Stein

    I don't understand why the GOP is so bent on having this one item, ACA or Obamacare, defunded after being told that it will still be funded no matter what is done. I would hope that the focus on the whole picture and not their ever growing crazy persepctive on things.

    September 18, 2013 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  19. MaryM

    from Thomas:
    Tea Party / Rand Paul / Ted Cruz/

    Shut down the government , paralyze the economy , diminish the power and the negotiating capability of the presidency, and again destroy the full faith and credit of America.
    Destroy the Country , then pretend to save it !

    Even the Wall Street Journal is calling this republican nonsense a kamikaze mission.

    September 18, 2013 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  20. Free Man in the Republic of Texas

    The sky is falling !!!
    The sky is falling !!!

    NO government !!!
    NO government !!!

    What will WE ever do ???

    September 18, 2013 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  21. Jim Oliver

    Hell a shut down won't hurt congress they have been shut down for years

    September 18, 2013 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  22. Deb in MT

    I admit to being both horrified and awestruck by today's GOP. Here we have a major political party–in full control of one of our houses of government and of several states–populated by individuals who are barely one step above stripping buck naked, smearing themselves in their own feces, and setting themselves on fire.

    I'm stunned to bear witness to such a descent into madness.

    If only they would stop before they drag the rest of us with them.

    September 18, 2013 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  23. Larry in Houston

    it seems like everything comes to a "crisis" constantly. This a repeat of the Clinton years. Somebody will "blink" believe me. There won't be any shutdown, and if there is, it won't be for very long. It's nothing but political posturing, is all.

    September 18, 2013 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  24. Wake up People!

    Come on. Of course they will shut it down. The GOP failed in their # 1 goal, now their #2 goal is to make President Obama fail at any cost. They have done absolutely nothing except filibuster, obstruct and lie.

    What would be news to me would be them NOT shutting down. But that would never happen because the GOP is living in another world where Mitt won the election last year but that pesky Obama keeps thinking he did.

    Pathetic and useless.

    September 18, 2013 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  25. Wilson

    The insults of the left and right toward each other are getting more and more vile. Showing the depth of the division in this country. Such hatred expressed for your countrymen, amazing. America is going the same direction as the Roman empire, though a lot quicker. Rome lasted 1000 years, doesn't look like America will make it to 300.

    September 18, 2013 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
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