Potential government shutdown wouldn't affect most Missouri programs and agencies

Sep 24, 2013

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Even with a potential federal government shutdown next week, some of Missouri’s programs and agencies will continue to operate as usual.

Emily Cain, the press secretary for the federal Office of Management and Budget, said that the Obama administration believes that a lapse in appropriations will not occur.

In addition, she said that the administration is “willing to work with Congress to enact a short-term continuing resolution to fund critical government operations.”

Bob Brendel, the Special Assignments Coordinator at the Missouri Department of Transportation, said that the potential shutdown will not affect MODoT unless the shutdown continues for a month.

“It’s not likely to greatly impact us unless it was a long term situation and then we would have to reexamine projects that are about to be awarded or future planning of projects,” Brendel said.

Stephen Gaither is the Public Affairs Officer at the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital. He said that the hospital has an approved budget through fiscal year 2014. The budget is part of a two-year budget that covers fiscal years 2013 and 2014, meaning the hospital will continue operate as normal.