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The White House calls on government agencies to prepare for a shutdown


The press secretary says that it is a formal procedure, but there are only a few days left for Congress to avoid an economic catastrophe for citizens.

The White House informed government agencies that they must prepare for a possible federal government shutdown if an emergency budget bill is not signed by September 30.

"We are taking all possible measures to mitigate the impact of a possible shutdown,

" White House press secretary Jen Psaki said during a briefing Thursday.

There is no formal decision yet, but it is “just a reminder that we are seven days away and we have to be prepared, of course, in any case of any contingency, so we see this as a routine step that is just to be ready, ”said Psaki. 

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Congress is in a race against the clock to meet multiple deadlines for a number of legislative priorities, such

as passing the interim funding law to prevent the shutdown of government agencies. 

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It is also looking at disaster relief from storms and wildfires, and extra money to help Afghan evacuees.

In addition, it is trying to extend the debt limit to avoid defaulting before the October deadline, which would mean an economic catastrophe.

On the other hand, Democrats aim to pass the infrastructure bill while completing a comprehensive multi-million dollar package of social spending and fiscal priorities, all in a short time frame.

Earlier on Thursday, Democrats in Congress and the White House reached an agreement on the revenue section of their multi-million dollar social security bill, an important step in reaching a final agreement. 

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"The White House, the House of Representatives and the Senate have agreed on a framework that will pay for any final negotiated settlement,

" Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said at a news conference Thursday.

The announcement comes just a day after President Joe Biden hosted multiple in-person meetings at the White House with groups representing the various wings of the Democratic caucus,

both the House of Representatives and the Senate, in order to reach a consensus around its social spending and infrastructure packages.

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"We have an overwhelming consensus, maybe 10 to 1, 20 to 1 within our caucus on these priorities, but we wanted to make sure it was paid for,

" House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said during a conference on press in which she was accompanied by Schumer.

Psaki assured that the framework agreement was "a sign of progress" and that the next step will be to discuss with legislators the way forward.

"But there is no doubt that there is a lot of work ahead that will take place during the rest of the day, in the next few days," he said.

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Progressive lawmakers have said they will not support the Senate-approved infrastructure bill, a top priority for Democratic leaders, unless the $ 3.5 trillion reconciliation package is passed first.

The leader of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Washington,

has predicted that dozens of Democrats will defect and vote against the infrastructure bill if the broader spending bill is not passed first in the Senate.

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy said he will vote against the reconciliation bill and encourage his members to do the same.

"I no longer see it as a bipartisan bill

," he said "I will vote no." 

When asked how he would explain that to voters who want infrastructure improvements, McCarthy added: “You don't get millions of dollars for roads and broadband.

What you get is $ 5 trillion of more inflation ”and“ a bigger big socialist government ”.

While Pelosi told reporters on Wednesday that the reconciliation bill was still on the agenda after promising centrist lawmakers that it would go to a House vote by Monday, on Thursday she did not commit to that timeline. .

From left to right, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Democrat), Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (Democrat) .AP

"I am not saying that, I am saying that we will present our legislation when it is ready,"

said Pelosi, adding that the bill is in a "very good place."

"I have always been very calm about this, because it is as if the same thing happened, all this tantrum, but at the end of the day we will be united by the American people," he said.

Source: telemundo

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