The White House Is Preparing For A Government Shutdown Next Week

Friday, April 21, 2017
By Paul Martin


The White House is taking steps to prepare for a government shutdown next week.

Though the administration stressed that they believe a shutdown is unlikely, press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters Friday that the administration is prepping government agencies in case a spending package is not passed.

“We remain confident that we are not going to have a shutdown,” Spicer said Friday. “It’s required. Our goal is to continue to do what’s necessary to fund our government. No one wants a shutdown.”

The House and Senate have been negotiating for weeks on a bill that would keep the government open past April 28, when most agencies run out of funding. The potential shutdown — which would happen on Donald Trump’s 100th day in office — will happen if they do not pass a spending package that will cover the last five months of the fiscal year. The Senate and the House have been on a two-week recess but return to Washington on Monday and Tuesday.

Trump told reporters Friday he thinks “we’re in good shape.”

Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney has said defense spending, border wall funding, and immigration and law enforcement are all priorities for the budget, but Spicer said he doesn’t know that the wall is “a sticking point” for the proposed spending package.

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