Congress has been criticized for kicking the can down the road when it comes to federal spending, but as the government shutdown clocks ticks closer to midnight — and agencies dust off their contingency plans — some are wondering if that kicked can might be the best option right now.
The continuing resolution currently funding the government expires at 11:59 p.m., April 28. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney said April 21 that the administration did not expect a lapse in appropriations, however “prudence and common sense require routine assessments to be made.”
OMB officials said the agency planned to hold a meeting or conference call a week out from the deadline, “regardless of whether the enactment of appropriations appears imminent.”
This will be the third such call in fiscal 2017. OMB made similar calls in fiscal 2014 and 2016.