US braces for shutdown a week before budget deadline
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The White House warned US federal agencies on Monday to prepare for a possible government shutdown that could hobble the US economy, as Congress wrangled over a budget deadline.
The current fiscal year ends on Sept 30, and Congress remains bitterly split over spending, and in particular over President Barack Obama's landmark health care law.
The Republican-led House of Representatives passed a bill last week that would prevent a shutdown at the price of defunding "Obamacare," the president's health reform.
Mr Obama has warned that this is a non-starter, and now the House and Senate are left with one week to thrash out a compromise.