China News Service, September 24. According to the US Chinese website, on the 23rd local time, the Biden administration began to notify various federal agencies that it should prepare for the possible government shutdown.
At the same time, the White House is also taking measures to mitigate the impact of a potential government shutdown on the epidemic response and other services.
According to reports, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is expected to remind agencies to review their government’s "shutdown" response plan. If Congress does not pass the interim budget before the end of this month, the federal government will be suspended.
White House spokesperson Psaki told reporters on the 23rd that this reminder is routine.
Psaki said: "This is just a reminder, we still have 7 days. Of course we need to be prepared for any emergencies, so we see this as a routine step."
Psaki reiterated that the White House is taking measures to reduce the impact of the government shutdown on the response to the epidemic.
She emphasized that public health institutions such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will generally not be closed and will continue to operate.
Psaki added: "But most departments of the federal government have'slammed the brakes', which is definitely not conducive to the response to the epidemic. We are doing everything we can to reduce the pressure."
The Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and California Democrat Pelosi vowed on the 23rd that Congress will find a way to avoid the government’s “shutdown” by next week. She also downplayed the threat of Senate Republicans to block the short-term budget.
A few days ago, the House of Representatives passed a bill to extend government funding to December 3 and provide emergency funds for resettling Afghan refugees and responding to a series of natural disasters across the United States.
For its part, the plan has received broad bipartisan support.
Faced with the warning that the Treasury Department will exhaust its debt-raising capacity next month, the Democrats also included the wording of freezing the debt ceiling in the bill to prevent the US from defaulting on debt and causing the global economy to fall into trouble.
This move was opposed by almost every Republican senator.
Senator Republican leader McConnell said that Republicans will vote for an independent budget bill to avoid a "shutdown" of the government.