White House orders govt agencies to begin shut down
Government agencies in the United States have been ordered begin shutting down late on Monday by the White House. The Congress failed to find a compromise on a government spending bill before the midnight deadline.
October 01, 2013 / 10:22 AM IST
The White House ordered government agencies to begin shutting down late on Monday after Congress failed to find a compromise on a government spending bill before a midnight (0400 GMT Tuesday) deadline.
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"We urge Congress to act quickly to pass a continuing resolution to provide a short-term bridge that ensures sufficient time to pass a budget for the remainder of the fiscal year, and to restore the operation of critical public services and programs that will be impacted by a lapse in appropriations," said Sylvia Burwell, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, in a statement.