The Biden White House’s budget office is advocating for the approval of a short-term funding measure in order to prevent a partial federal government shutdown starting on October 1, coinciding with the beginning of the government’s 2024 fiscal year.
In a statement, an Office of Management and Budget (OMB) spokesperson emphasized the ongoing bipartisan and bicameral efforts to reach an agreement on fiscal year 2024 appropriations bills. However, it has become evident that a short-term continuing resolution (CR) will be necessary next month. The OMB is actively collaborating with Congress by providing technical assistance to ensure the avoidance of significant disruptions to government services during the first quarter of the fiscal year.
The OMB urges Congress to incorporate these necessary exceptions, along with the critical emergency supplemental requirements previously relayed by the Administration earlier this month, into any forthcoming CR. This approach aligns with previous bipartisan actions taken in the past.
By implementing a short-term funding measure, the Biden administration aims to responsibly plan for the continuation of essential government operations while actively pursuing consensus on long-term appropriations bills.