U.S. government agencies on Wednesday began notifying employees to prepare for a possible government shutdown if Congress does not pass a spending bill or continuing resolution on time.
"We do need to be prepared for any contingency, and in case Congress does not act, we are taking the steps necessary to be prepared if a lapse in funding should occur," said Kenneth Baer, spokesman for the Office of Management and Budget. "That is why agencies are sending an email to employees this afternoon to alert them to this possibility and how it would affect them."
The current continuing resolution funding government operations expires midnight Friday.
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