Prepare for government shutdown, White House to tell U.S. agencies

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House is expected to ask federal agencies to prepare for a possible U.S. government shutdown as health authorities struggle with the COVID-19 pandemic and Democrats and Republicans fight over a funding agreement, government officials said on Thursday. The U.S. Senate is days away from voting on a measure to suspend the $28.4 trillion debt ceiling and keep federal agencies operating after Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year.. The White House Office of Management and Budget expects Congress will act in a bipartisan fashion to extend government funding “especiall…

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