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White House Orders Agencies to Prepare for Potential Government Shutdown

  • Administration officials portray steps as routine planning
  • Temporary funding for U.S. government expires on April 29
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The White House ordered federal agencies Friday to began preparations for a potential partial government shutdown after signaling President Donald Trump would demand money for key priorities in legislation to continue funding the government beyond April 29.

But the president and his aides expressed confidence that Congress would work out a spending agreement and that there won’t be any halt in government operations. Administration officials portrayed the order as normal contingency planning, stressing that the previous administration had followed the same practice as funding deadlines approached.