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    US government 'preparing' for shutdown: W.House official

    By Pti
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    Washington, Feb 9:  The White House has advised US federal government agencies to prepare for a shutdown, an official said, as Congress hit a stumbling block in its efforts to pass a stopgap spending bill before midnight.

    US President Donald Trump in White House: PTI file photo

    The White House Office of Management and Budget "is currently preparing for a lapse in appropriations," an OMB official said on condition of anonymity, calling on lawmakers to send the stopgap measure to President Donald Trump's desk "without delay."

    PTI

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