Government Executive: As lawmakers and the president hurtle toward a Dec. 21 deadline to approve a spending package for federal agencies that have not yet received funding for the 2019 fiscal year, those agencies have begun to prepare for the possibility of a shutdown.
Congress has until Friday to approve a bill to fund the departments of Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, State, Interior, Agriculture, Treasury, Commerce, Homeland Security and Justice, as well as other independent agencies. Otherwise, most of those entities will be forced to shut down some or all of their operations and furlough at least some employees, depending on how those operations are funded, their role in national security and public safety, and other factors.
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