In September, when the federal government was barreling towards a shutdown the White House advised that federal agencies begin to plan for a lapse in funding. For many, this involved updating their lapse in allocations “contingency plans,” which outline which functions will continue to be carried out during a government shutdown.
While the September shutdown was averted, lawmakers only passed a spending bill through 3 December, meaning that once again agencies are preparing for possible closure.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has said that the public should not worry about a government shutdown and that he is confident he and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer will reach a deal. However, some Republicans have said publically this week that they want to drive the government into a shutdown to avoid the implementation of vaccine mandates.