White House ‘reviewing and updating’ government shutdown plan

The White House is “reviewing and updating” plans for shuttering federal agencies should the Senate fail to pass legislation to avert a government shutdown over the weekend.

The House passed a bill funding the government Friday morning, yet it’s unclear if the Senate will also pass it before Friday’s quickly approaching midnight deadline.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters Friday that President Joe Biden believed that the Senate could move the bill to his desk in time to avert a shutdown, but she confirmed that the administration is preparing a “contingency” plan for a temporary shuttering of the government.

“Congress can prevent this, this partial shutdown. We believe there’s still time to do that,” Jean-Pierre said during Friday’s press briefing. “So I want to be very clear here. But like every other
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