Saturday, October 16, 2021

Pentagon preparing for possible government shutdown: spokesman

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said the Defense Department is preparing for the possibility of a government shutdown by the end of the month as Congress works to avoid it.

“We expect Congress to avert a costly shutdown,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said at a news conference on September 24. “The administration’s efforts are focused on preventing a shutdown and a catastrophic lapse. Meanwhile, OMB is preparing for any contingency as is in line with the long-standing practice in many administrations. “

The White House confirmed that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has begun issuing notices to various federal agencies about the possibility of a shutdown. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Sunday she does not believe the government shutdown will happen.

“No one wants to be seen closed,” Kirby said, without elaborating on what might have happened. “And we’ll obviously take it seriously, as we always do, and as I think you’ve seen through the last shutdown, should there be one, that we have to continue to defend the nation, and We have to ensure that the capabilities, the resources, the people are in place to continue to look after our national security interests.”

An OMB spokesperson said agency officials expect Congress to pass an ongoing resolution to keep government funding until December.

Abdullah Hassan, a spokesman, said in a statement last week: “In line with long-standing practice in many administrations, OMB is preparing for any contingencies, and scheduling specific programs is being actively reviewed by agencies.” ” “More importantly, Congress has had enough time to prevent lapses in appropriations, and we are confident they will.”

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Government shutdowns occur when Congress fails to pass legislation to finance the government, but they rarely last more than a month. The last government shutdown lasted 35 days between 2018 and 2019, and before that, in 2013, the government shutdown lasted 16 days.

More important is the debt crisis, according to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and other Biden administrations. Yellen has warned Congress that the United States could default in mid-October if Congress does not pass a bill to raise or suspend the debt limit.

Both houses of Congress passed a bill suspending the debt limit in July 2019, but Congress did not renew the bill in 2021.

“America has never made a mistake. Not once,” Yellen wrote in a recent Wall Street Journal opinion article, as some analysts warned that the United States could enter recessionary territory if the country defaults. “Doing so is likely to create a historic financial crisis that would compound the damage of the ongoing public health emergency.”

Jack Phillips

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Jack Phillips is a reporter at The Epoch Times in New York City.

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