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Trump administration begins shutdown preparations :: TheHill

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The Trump administration is preparing for the possibility of a government shutdown, even though officials believe one is unlikely to occur.

"We remain confident we're not going to have a shutdown," White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters, calling the preparation "required steps" for the federal agencies and departments.

The government will shut down midnight on April 28 if Congress cannot agree on a must-pass spending bill.

The measure has hit several snags over White House demands to include funding for President Trump's proposed border wall and an inter-party debate over money for an ObamaCare insurance subsidy program.

But lawmakers can stave off a shutdown if they pass a short-term spending measure to keep the government open while negotiations continue over a broader funding deal.

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has begun to coordinate with government agencies to plan for a possible shutdown.

"While we do not expect a lapse, prudence and common sense require routine assessments will be made," OMB director Mick Mulvaney said in a statement.

The office set up a phone call to go over the agencies' shutdown plans, which could include painful steps such as furloughs for federal workers.

OMB said the plans were reviewed ahead of a possible shutdown last December and are unlikely to be revised.